Kuala Lumpur Sidewalk Accessibility – Wheelchair Travel

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Kuala Lumpur Sidewalk Accessibility

Not uncommon in Southeast Asia, the sidewalks in Kuala Lumpur leave much to be desired in the realm of wheelchair accessibility. This article will prepare you for what to expect, and offer some recommendations for overcoming the barriers to accessibility in the city.

As with most major cities, the situation varies – with some areas of the being very accessible, while others are significantly inaccessible. I am pleased to report that the local government is repaving sidewalks and installing curb cuts throughout the city, but that work will take time.

In areas where curb cuts do not exist, wheelchair users will have no choice but to enter the roadway. Active roadways are dangerous, and I recommend that you exercise extreme caution when doing so. It goes without saying that rolling a wheelchair in the street is a very bad idea at night. Be careful.

When I took my wheelchair into a street, I rarely had to remain there for more than 1-2 blocks. In all, I would estimate that usable curb cuts were present at about 75%-80% of street crossings and intersections that I approached. Some sidewalks are [...]

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