We have all heard the pros and cons of riding with Uber. Transportation Network Companies (TNC) –Uber and Lyft — are trying to make an impact on the transportation scene with vehicles that are wheelchair accessible.
However, the main issue is that each person with a disability has different needs. Some people use walkers or manual wheelchairs that can be easily folded or collapsed to fit into the trunk of a car. While others have heavy power chairs that require a vehicle equipped with a ramp or lift. There are not many Uber vehicles, or taxis in general, that can transport me and my 200-plus pound wheelchair.
I’ve given some thought to becoming an Uber driver since there is definitely a need for it. Just today, I helped two of my coworkers with disabilities get to their destinations since the Paratransit bus had issues when picking them up.
An accessible Uber would have been perfect in this situation since there weren’t many other options available. Making Uber and other TNCs more accessible will be a valued benefit for everyone.
As the importance of accessible vehicles become more prominent, there will be better access. We just have to continue to advocate and educate those around us to increase equal access. New Mobility Magazine is doing just that through their recent story.
Also take a look at Uber’s accessibility video below and let me know what you think.