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Wheelchair Ramp Number 1,100 Installed

By Steindor Gretar Jonsson

Photo: The ceremonial opening of the new ramp in Vogar.

As part of the project Ramp Up Iceland, a wheelchair ramp was installed at the Vogar community and sports centre on Friday. This was ramp number 1,100 provided in Iceland as part of the project, with the goal set for 1,500 ramps ahead of 11 March next year, Mbl.is reports.

Four year effort

The project was started by entrepreneur Haraldur Þorleifsson with the goal of increasing accessibility for people with disabilities. The first ramp was installed in May 2021 with the original target of providing 1,000 ramps, but the number was amended to 1,500 ramps. The project is financed by private donations.

Hopes for the future

The ramp in Vogar, a municipality on the Reykjanes peninsula, was presented at a ceremony on Friday where local Eggert N. Bjarnason cut the ribbon. Gunnar Axel Axelsson, mayor of Vogar, said that he welcomed this initiative.

“In Vogar, we of course want to ensure equal access to our institutions and the services that the residence have on offer, so we welcome the encouragement and support of the Ramp Up Iceland project,” Gunnar Axel said. “Hopefully we’ll see the day where access for people with disabilities will be such a standard and ubiquitous feature that we’ll no longer need such efforts and I think Ramp Up Iceland has quickly gotten us closer to that goal.”

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