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A Winnipeg couple is more aware of accessibility -- or a lack thereof -- now that it's a part of their lives.

Megan Krohn's husband Mitch had a brainstem stroke last December, and she says it's been a learning experience for them to see how inaccessible the city is.

They made a video of Mitch getting out of the car and into his wheelchair in winter to show people what it's like.

"Prior to Mitch's stroke, we didn't know how inaccessible things were. We assumed -- you see wheelchair accessible parking spots around; what you don't see is that there is a beverage recycling container right beside the parking zone and there's actually no physical way for a wheelchair to get out at that wheelchair parking spot," says Megan.

Megan wants people to open their eyes more, and see the world from the perspective of someone with mobility issues.

She says the city's rejected their request for a cut curb. She's now in contact with the city to set up a loading zone in front of their home, saying they've had a bit of a back-and-forth over what hours the zone would be in effect.

"My hope is really that we can make this space, you know, accessible all the time," she says.

The city says curb cuts on residential streets are problematic for a variety of reasons, including safety. It says for loading zone requests such as these, the city tries to balance the needs of the property owners as well as the needs for general street users, and while it's the city's goal to implement these requests as quickly as possible, it can take up to a year for review and installation of the required signage.