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Disabled Stairs And Escalators In Europe


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Europe Disabled Travel Advice, Accessible Tours Hotels, Accessible Holidays, Disabled Guided Tours By In many places it may be easier to locate and use an escalator than an elevator. Taking a wheelchair on an escalator is entirely possible. The video in this presentation shows John Sage using an escalator in an Athens subway station.

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Disabled Stairs And Escalators In Europe

  1. 1. Disabled Stairs and Escalators in Europe
  2. 2. Disabled travelers, elderlytravelers, and parents withstrollers will encounter a variety ofchallenges when traveling aroundEurope.Knowing the details beforehand ofthe challenges you may encounterwill make it much easier for you todeal with them when they arise.
  3. 3. Some European elevators were installed many years after the buildingwas constructed, and consequently they can be quite small.
  4. 4. Sometimes the door is too narrow to fit a wheelchair through, andsometimes the elevator is not deep enough to allow a wheelchair to fitinside. In other places, there can be a step leading to the elevator.
  5. 5. The most common place where you will encounter stairs withoutelevators is at train stations (particularly in smaller towns) where thereis a flight of stairs to reach the tunnel underneath the tracks or thewalkway above the tracks.
  6. 6. Curb cuts (ramps at the corners of street intersections) are present insome European cities and not in others.
  7. 7. Many places that do not have a curb cut may have smaller curbs thannormal (about 3 inches or 8 cm). Where curb cuts are not present, youmay be able to get onto the sidewalk via a nearby driveway.
  8. 8. In many places it may be easier to locate and use an escalator thanan elevator. The video shows John Sage using an escalator in an Athenssubway station. Watch Video >>
  9. 9. Whether you are going up or down the escalator, you want your frontwheels on the uphill direction of the escalator. Position your frontwheels on one step and your rear wheels on the next lower step.
  10. 10. Grab both of the handrails and lean slightly forward towards the uphilldirection. It actually doesn’t take much strength to hold onto therails. As for getting off the escalator, when you are going down be sureto lean slightly forward so that you don’t tump over backwards.
  11. 11. When you are going up, be sure that you pop your front wheels up sothat you don’t flip forward. It is actually a very easy process, but besure you practice with a spotter in front of you and behind you beforetrying it on your own.
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