Door knob code revisions generating controversy

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Vancouver banning doorknobs in favor of levers; Colorado county doing the opposite in favor of safety

May 12, 2014

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.

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