Beach mats improve access for wheelchair and scooter users

New beach mats have been introduced on Dublin’s Dollymount Strand to provide better access for wheelchair and scooter users to the North Bull Island Nature Reserve and other beach areas.

The specially designed mats stretch 125 meters across the beach from the end of Causeway Road and will provide greater mobility on the sand.

Dublin City Council’s beach mat trial follows a recommendation from the North Bull Island Oversight Forum to improve accessibility for beach goers with additional mobility needs, both on the nature reserve and its 5 km beach.

It is expected, subject to use and demand, that the rugs will be extended further along the beach in the years to come.

Speaking at the launch of the initiative, Councilor Mayor Alison Gilliland said: “I warmly welcome the addition of this important resource here on Dollymount Strand, in the heart of the Dublin Bay Biosphere.

“Accessibility and inclusion should be at the heart of all our policies, and Dublin City Council is committed to making Dublin and its amenities more accessible for its citizens, especially those with additional mobility needs. “

A free beach wheelchair rental service operates at North Bull Island from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the bathing season from June 1 to September 15.

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