I am not trying to start an argument with any parents with kids in prams that need to use the bus, but I agree with this ruling.
For the record, unless I am on a schedule, I will often take the next bus if the one I am trying to board is crowded and there is a baby buggy in the spot. However, most trips are scheduled, and so I believe that several points need to be considered as regards this territorial debate.
1. As a wheelchair user in London, I don’t have a lot of choices when it comes to public transportation. The step-free tube stations are still scarce, and the overground doesn’t run throughout the city extensively enough to be a viable option. Unless I pony up the money to take a cab, my only choice is the bus. The bus is my primary, and almost only means of getting round London on public transportation.
2. I can’t fold up my wheelchair and sit in a regular seat. Buggies fold, and kids can sit on laps.
3. The space was originally designed for wheelchairs, not for prams. It’s fortunate for pram pushers that the space is there when there are no wheelchair users on the bus, but when someone in a chair needs the space that was designed for wheelchairs, then it’s only right that the person in the space relinquish it to the wheelchair user
So this is important.
Up to 500 disabled people every week have had to give back the vehicles that help them stay independent because of a new tough benefits rule.
The Government “Motability” scheme allows disabled people to lease mobility scooters, electric wheelchairs and cars.
But every week, between 400 and 500 people are forced to hand over their vehicles after a controversial “20-metre rule” was introduced, according to a report by a leading charity.
“All eight patients experienced neurological improvements in somatic sensation (pain localisation, fine/crude touch, and proprioceptive sensing) in multiple dermatomes,” the team of academics wrote in its paper.
“Patients also regained voluntary motor control in key muscles below the SCI level, as measured by EMGs, resulting in marked improvement in their walking index.”
As a result of the research 50 per cent of the patients were “upgraded” to a diagnosis of partial paralysis, rather than full paralysis.”
More here at Wired.
“Convenient, safe and affordable transportation, everywhere for everyone. That’s the big idea at the heart of Uber – and now we’re another step closer to that goal.
Today, developed with the support of UK disability charities Scope, Whizz-Kidz and Transport for All, we are proud to announce that Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles (WAV) can be requested through the Uber app for the same price as an uberX.
Watch our first rider, Whizz-Kidz’s Young Trustees Chair George, taking uberWAV for a spin around town.”
And yeah, it takes courage.
I am not in total agreement with everything presented in this video (for example, i am a strong proponent of foam tires, no matter where you are), but if you have just recently been put into the world where wheelchair choice is an important thing, then the lovely, lighthearted way in which this issue is presented by Mary Allison Cook in the video is really valuable.