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Door knob code revisions generating controversy
Vancouver banning doorknobs in favor of levers; Colorado county doing the opposite in favor of safety
The city of Vancouver’s ban on doorknobs in all new buildings, which went into effect last month, has drawn a strong reaction from the public and heated debate across Canada as other jurisdictions consider the measure. The code revision, which substitutes door levers for knobs, is part of a broader campaign to make buildings more accessible to the elderly and disabled. Some criticism has centered on the danger of bears, common denizens of British Columbia, more easily entering a home through a door equipped with a lever rather than a doorknob. Pitkin County, Colo., has banned door levers to diminish the possibility of bear intrusions.