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8 April, 2008

Push to open

I have no problem with the idea of button-operated doors for the disabled, but doors which can only be operated electrically annoy me.

There must be a way of integrating a motor which only engages when needed, so the majority of people can use the door manually. Unnecessarily automatic doors are a waste of electricity and totally unusable in power cuts – many don't even have handles on the 'pull' side.

Twice within the past year, once at the University of York and once here in Lancaster, I've been totally unable to access buildings as I haven't been able to find the 'open door' buttons. I've now learned to look behind me – some buttons are unmarked and set 3-4 m away from the doorways.


There is a way as many of our doors are like that - they will open when pushed or pulled normally but there's a button for the disabled to use. The exception is the door to the main building, which is automatic during the day but at night requires a card to get in from the outside and a button to be pressed on the inside.

Posted by Neil T. at April 8, 2008 04:10 PM
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