I feel like a caged bird, I have lived in the same small city my entire life. I haven’t seen anything of the country outside of the province for which I live, and parts of the US. I am dying to see more parts of this vast world for which all humans live.
But there are a few small problems. Transportation within cities other than that which live can feel a little daunting. I am not sure if I talked this about here, but at the beginning of June my friend and I were planning a trip to Vancouver British Columbia on the west coast of Canada. We eventually called it off in part because of finances and because of this; inner city transit.
We are both in chairs, and because of this it climates the ability to use wheelchair accessible taxi cabs. Cabs can only handle one wheelchair per call and so we would be forced to pay double the transportation costs. Low floor buses were an option but we would be limited to exploring within the confines of the bus route, and considering that this would probably once in a lifetime trip, we didn’t want to be restricted and thus in some way limited. Renting a vehicle, didn’t seem doable, when given our tight budget. So the culmination of various factors postponed the trip for now.
Recently, the topic of travel came up again. Not to formally plan anything, but to simply look at options once again. One thing that I overlooked in the efforts put forth when we were actually trying to get the trip to happen was this: most large cities have a sub-service of their conventional service. This service drops you door to door and is accessible with two persons with a registered disability. Using the city of Vancouver BC as my example research I figured out that they actually offered visitors pass allowing you access to their wheelchair transit vehicles. So the next time you are planning a trip on a budget do some research and look into the wheelchair transit service for the city you will be visiting.
- Do you meet barriers when you travel? Share them with me in the comments
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