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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!

http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2016/10/eurostar-will-go-direct-to-amsterdam-next-year-in-just-4-hours/


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.


This Is Important

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.


Best cities to visit in a wheelchair?

http://www.independent.co.uk/travel/news-and-advice/world-best-cities-for-disabled-accessible-wheelchair-tourists-holidays-travel-barcelona-singapore-a7511571.html

We definitely agree about Barcelona…


Change to mobility scheme rules

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/disability-benefits-motabililty-rule-change-disabled-people-vehicles-dwp-a7191636.html

 

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.


Using virtual reality and brain training to help paraplegics walk

“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.

 


This Is a Good Article By Another Wheelchair Traveler

And yeah, it takes courage.


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