It seems the restrictive gates the Town of Oyster Bay installed at the Tobay end of the bike path have finally attracted the attention of a wheelchair bound patron.
As per Newsday today:
"A disabled man on Long Island says he’s upset that he’s not able to get to the restrooms and concession stands like most people at Tobay Beach.
Peter Hawkins is paralyzed from the waist down, WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported. He said he sits in front of the turnstile at Tobay Beach and gets upset that he cannot get to the concession stands and restrooms without calling for help.
“It’s just so obnoxious,” said Hawkins. “You can walk through anytime you want. But you can’t go through with a wheelchair.”
The Town of Oyster Bay said it installed the turnstiles and gate near the bike trail to prevent people from causing a safety hazard and taking their bicycles on the beach.
But in doing so, those who have walkers, handicapped bikes or wheelchairs cannot get past them unless they call a number and wait a few minutes for security to come and let them inside.
Hawkins said it’s unfair.
“There’s only one group of people that are set apart. You can’t go through like everybody else,” he said.
A town spokesperson said the measure was determined to be the best solution and helps ensure the safety of all its residents.
Maybe now they'll re-think this, before a bunch of lawsuits get filed.