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Posted by Trini Kid - - 0 comments

Sup Travellers?! Don't you just hate doorknobs? When you have lotion on your hand it's almost impossible to turn that shit. Most people probably don't really see doorknobs as a very big issue in society but to the Vancouver government, it apparently is an issue that needs to be addressed right now. They see it as such an issue that they are banning the use of doorknobs throughout the city.

The Vancouver Sun reports that the city has already replaced knobs with levers which are much easier for elderly or people with disabilities to operate in public buildings. The city's building code will require all new housing to be built with door levers starting in March. Water faucets will have to take the shape of levers, not knobs, as well. The change is based on the concept of "universal design," which aims to make spaces usable for as many people as possible, a University of British Columbia professor explains. "A really simple version is the cut curbs on every corner," he says. "That helps elderly people, people with visual impairments, moms with strollers. It makes a sidewalk that could otherwise be difficult for parts of the population universally accessible."

I found the whole idea of banning doorknobs stupid at first but if you really think about it you could see that it's not that stupid. It's all about convenience to the general public and if a doorknob is inconvenient then it only makes sense to replace it with something better. It's kind of like changing stairs to ramps in order to make entering into buildings easier for people on wheel chairs. I don't think that the whole world is going to take pattern from Vancouver and ban doorknobs but it's definitely a step in the right direction. Anyway, my name is Trinikid and you've just been informed.