Category Archives: News

AirBnB adds accessibility filter

This looks promising:

“The introduction of the new accessibility features and filters to all hosts and guests is just the first stage in our journey to improve accessibility at Airbnb. We encourage everyone to use them and send through their feedback.”

Google Maps adds data to help wheelchair travellers

Wheelchair travellers get Google Maps help

Will be interesting to see how well this works…

Oh Come On, Guys

This is a step backwards. We need to move forwards.


Good News for London

This sort of thing matters to us folks in chairs. Thank you, Mayor Sadiq Khan.


Good news – London to Amsterdam direct by train.

Helen and I have taken the Eurostar to from London to Paris several times. We love it. Train travel is so vastly superior to flying for those of us in wheelchairs that I cannot even begin to describe the difference. We have also taken the train from London to Amsterdam on several occasions, and although it is still much better than getting there by plane, the trip involves a change in Brussels that adds a lot of stress (and rolling; Brussels Midi is a very big station) to the trip.

Good news, everyone!

NEW! Ratings System for The Stray Wheel.

Hiya…over the years, Helen and I have struggled (mildly) with trying to come up with a decent means of conveying our opinions as regards places we’ve been, services we’ve experienced  and products that we’ve tried. We had a very complex system that involved four different categories, but it was too complicated, and so we never implemented it.

I think we have a solution. From now on, anything other than news items or posts that do not pertain to something that we can rate, we will be providing a rating at the top of the post. This rating will be Star-Based and will go from 1-7 Stars.

1 Star = Horrible, don’t go there/try this product, you will regret it and you could even get hurt
2 Stars = Not as bad as 1, but still pretty awful
3 Stars = Doable, but only if you’re fit and determined or can come up with a workaround
4 Stars = This will probably work for most, but it might still be a bit of a challenge
5 Stars = Ok, now we’re talking. This is highly doable, and even though there might be some glitches, it’s worth a go
6 Stars = Now this is what we want. Hardly any hassles, and the location/product are a breeze for wheelchair users.
7 Stars = PERFECT. FLAWLESS. No apparent means of improving this (don’t expect  a lot of these)

I will be going through previous posts and applying ratings retroactively when i can b sure of my recollection, but yeah, from now on, there will be Stars.

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