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Aug 18, 2014 7:53 PM by Kari Beal

Wheelchair-bound man uses GoPro to show inaccessible streets of Lafayette

A Lafayette man is trying to raise awareness about handicap accessibility --- or what he calls a lack of here in the city. For 25 year-old wheelchair-bound Liam Doyle it's more than just a cause, it's something he lives with everyday.

Doyle started a Facebook page yesterday called "My in-accessible Lafayette" and it's already gaining momentum with over 400 likes. Using a GoPro, his mission is to show how tough it is to travel around Lafayette streets and walkways using a wheelchair.

Just watching a few seconds of his video recorded experience it's apparent, life isn't always easy for Doyle.

"There's no curb cut here to where I can roll up," Doyle said when referring to curb near Versailles Blvd and University Ave. "So what I have to do is go around."

Detours are an everyday occurrence for Doyle. This detour forces him to travel on University Ave from Versailles Blvd to Congress and then back

"That took ten minutes probably," Doyle said.

It's a trip that would take most walking pedestrians less than a minute. Doyle currently attends South Louisiana Community College and plans to attend UL for the spring semester. He said he would travel along University Ave. when he starts at UL.

Doyle said he takes great pride in being independent. He was born with cerebral palsy and doctors didn't expect him to live.

"Even if I didn't live I wasn't so suppose to talk, eat or be able to feed myself. So that's why independence is so important to me," Doyle said.

Another problem for Liam is poles that take up most of the sidewalk.

"I either have to go around this way [onto the grass] and hope it is okay, or I would have to go around it and potentially run into the street," Doyle said.

Doyle said going onto the grass is not a good option when the ground is muddy.

"Cracks are another problem," Doyle said. "If the curb is uneven or there's a bump and I don't notice I could fall over."

Doyle said if he's alone, this could leave him injured and stranded.

"A lot of places in Lafayette make you want to stay home and not doing anything, which is not acceptable in my opinion," Doyle said.

This is why his wheels are raising awareness to the issue.

Doyle said he plans to go out a few times this week and will make a final video of the rough areas. For more information view his Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/myinaccessiblelafayette

 

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