Weekend In Paradise? I wish

View on Vancouver on October 1, 2005
View on Vancouver Image by Thom Quine via Wikipedia

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.

The Problem

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. 

A Solution

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.

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Laura Forde founded her blog through my eyes: my life with cerebral palsy in December 2009 out of a great need she had, realizing that there was a vast gap in firsthand accounts of what life was like living with Cerebral Palsy: she knew then that the only way to see this reflected online was to create the change herself and thus this blog was born Laura was born four months premature, weighing a mere one pound three ounces and given ten percent odds for survival. She was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at the age of three. After graduating from college, she continued writing and doing what she loves to do most; speaking to groups about her life experiences and sharing what she has learned from her journey. Her blog lifeofthedifferentlyabled was created after discovering that the online community lacked the voice of people in her situation. In its first year, the site saw over 20,000 hits from all over the world. Her readers are from all walks of life; some with disabilities, parents of children, professionals, and others who seek to gain a better understanding of the world of the differently abled. You can follow her on Twitter or Facebook
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  3. Ian says:

    Great post Laura. I hope you managed to make it out to Vancouver since you wrote this. While I’m not in a chair, I find most of the best sights in this city are quite close to both the accessible SkyTrain and the low-floor bus routes. Beyond that there’s the HandyDART service, although it is in quite high demand. Best of luck in your future travels.

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