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Wheelchair tips and issues

San Jose, California
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Wheelchair tips and issues

My mom cannot walk for longer period and we use a transporter wheel chair to take her to places. We will be in midtown NYC in the end of June and I am wondering how do I take her to various places etc. Because of her walking issues, I am counting out Metro. I willing to Uber, Taxi etc.

Places that she would like to visit,

- Ellis island, statue of liberty

- Freedom tower

- Times square, Central park.

- Get on to sightseeing bus, for us it is Hop on ONCE and then HOP out at finish line.

I would appreciate any tips, experiences. I want to do this but would like to have all the info.

7 replies to this topic
Flushing, New York
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1. Re: Wheelchair tips and issues

The subway system is far less wheelchair friendly than the bus system. Only a few stations have elevators and they are not always in working order. If you intend to use the subway check this out beforehand:


It takes much longer to get around by bus than subway, however. Taxi may be a more expensive mode to consider.

New York City
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2. Re: Wheelchair tips and issues

All NYC buses are accessible and have chair lifts, Id stay away from the Subway because most stations do not have elevators

Astoria, New York
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3. Re: Wheelchair tips and issues

This might be helpful: https://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763…

Boston, MA
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for Boston
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4. Re: Wheelchair tips and issues

The Ellis Island museum is well suited for a wheelchsir visit. The ferry folks are helpful. The museum has lots of open space and elevators. I would need xpect similar for the SOL pedestal museum, but I have never been there.

My spouse has mobility issues and occasionally uses a wheelchair. Even though we have never taken a wheelchair to Ellis Island, I notice things like this.

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for Orlando, Walt Disney World
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5. Re: Wheelchair tips and issues

NYC buses have a ramp that folds down from the front door for wheelchairs to roll/be pushed up. I've never seen a chair lift. There is space in the front for a wheelchair to be secured . With taxis and Uber-are you planning to use a wheelchair that folds up and have your mother climb into the cab??Otherwise, you need to call in advance and make sure they have a handicapped accessible car You can go anywhere with a little planning, Broadway theatres have seats that are accessible, etc. Check at restaurants before you go. I was using a walker last year and lots of places had an accessible dining room but the restroosm s were not.

Edited: 12:38 pm, June 09, 2018
Astoria, New York
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6. Re: Wheelchair tips and issues

The older style buses had a chair lift at the back door.

I haven't seen one in many years and am pretty sure that all the city buses currently in service have the ramp at the front door by the driver.

New York City, New...
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7. Re: Wheelchair tips and issues

Imo Hop on/off buses are totally inappropriate. The best views are upstairs and there,s little to no views downstairs. A smaller tour bus like



is a better idea.


Has a mobility program that might be helpful.


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