Pale: Poor Urban Planning Presents Obstacles for Wheelchair Users

The urban infrastructure of Pale makes it difficult for wheelchair users to move freely across the town.

Although the town’s public institutions, such as the university, the hospital and the city hall each have so-called ramps for wheelchairs, the photos that follow show details that are, at first glance, seemingly insignificant, but present insurmountable obstacles in the everyday lives of wheelchair users.

Photos and captions by Mladen Lakić, Eastern Sarajevo

ulaz u trzni centar (Shopping mall)“Sales (un)available to all”. A side entrance to the Tom Shopping Center.

Elektrodistribucija glavni ulaz”How would you like to pay for that bill?”. The main entrance to the Pale Electric Utility Company.

neuslovan trotoarDamaged pedestrian crosswalks make crossing the street in a wheelchair more difficult.

pocetak setalista”The pedestrian zone is available if you can make the jump.”

Bankomat (ATM)”Is it payday?” This ATM proves inaccessible to wheelchair users.

Mladen is a Balkan Diskurs trained correspondent from East Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina. He studied Journalism at the University of East Sarajevo. In addition to his journalistic endeavors, Mladen works as a human rights researcher and is also an activist.

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