This 1996 image depicted a woman departing a grocery store while pushing a grocery cart. Due to the nature of the act of pushing the cart, had there have been a door with which to contend, the opening, and subsequent avoidance of its closure would have made exiting the store more difficult. However, the automatic, electronic eye-controlled door facilitated the exiting of the store, reducing a patron's need to negotiate another portal. Widely used, 'no-touch' automatic doors accommodate all types of users, including the mobility-challenged, as well as those whose hands are filled with purchases. Simple, and in common use, the wide automatic door is an excellent example of Universal Design. Other facilities should, where possible, consider this option.
CDC/ Richard Duncan, MRP, Sr. Proj. Mngr, North Carolina State University, The Center for Universal Design
June 9, 2012