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San Antonio Wheelchair Access Travel

San Antonio was founded during the Spanish Colonial Era. The Greater San Antonio metro area has a population of 2.5 million. San Antonio was named by a 1691 Spanish expedition for Saint Anthony of Padua, whose feast day is June 13. The city contains five 18th-century Spanish frontier missions, including The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, which together were designated UNESCO World Heritage sites in 2015. San Antonio is home to six Fortune 500 companies and the South Texas Medical Center, the only medical research and care provider in the South Texas region. San Antonio wheelchair access is of a high standard.

 

Attractions and Opportunities

Botanical Garden

Institute of Texan Cultures

Japanese Tea Garden

La Villita Historic Arts Village

Market Square

Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch

Riverwalk

San Antonio Museum of Art

San Antonio Zoo

The Alamo

Tower of The Americas

Witte Museum

Transport

Taxis

San Antonio has several taxi companies with accessible cabs. These include Yellow Cabs and San Antonio Wheelchair Taxi. Yellow Cab accessible taxis feature lowered floor entry access and passengers with wheelchairs measuring 31 inches or less do not need to transfer out of their wheelchair. When booking a ride, wheelchair users need to request an accessible cab.

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Austin wheelchair access travel

Austin is the capital of the U.S. state of Texas. It is the 11th-most populous city in the United States. The city is the cultural and economic center of the Austin–Round Rock metropolitan statistical area, which had an estimated population of 2,115,827. Located in Central Texas within the greater Texas Hill Country, it is home to numerous lakes, rivers, and waterways, including Lady Bird Lake and Lake Travis on the Colorado River, Barton Springs, McKinney Falls, and Lake Walter E. Long. Residents of Austin are known as Austinites. They include a diverse mix of government employees, college students, musicians, high-tech workers, blue-collar workers, and a vibrant LGBT community. The city’s official slogan promotes Austin as “The Live Music Capital of the World”, a reference to the city’s many musicians and live music venues, as well as the long-running PBS TV concert series Austin City Limits. Austin wheelchair access is first rate!

Attractions and Opportunities

Barton Springs

Blanton Museum of Art

Lady Bird Lake

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Centre

Mayfield Park and Nature Reserve

Rainey Street

South Congress Avenue

Sixth Street

Texas State Capitol

Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum 

Zilker Botanical Gardens

Zilker Park

Transport

Metro (Buses and Trains)

All buses and trains provide accessibility for riders with disabilities. If you use a wheelchair or other mobility device and need assistance, our operators can help. If you’d like to practice using the ramp or securing your chair, schedule an appointment by calling their Travel Training department at 512-369-6083. More info @ https://www.capmetro.org/wheelchair/

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Phoenix Wheelchair Access Travel

Phoenix is also known as the Valley of the Sun, which in turn is a part of the Salt River Valley. The metropolitan area is the 11th largest by population in the United States, with approximately 4.73 million people as of 2017. Settled in 1867 as an agricultural community near the confluence of the Salt and Gila Rivers, Phoenix incorporated as a city in 1881. It became the capital of Arizona Territory in 1889. In in the northeastern reaches of the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix has a hot desert climate. Despite this, its canal system led to a thriving farming community with many of the original crops, such as alfalfa, cotton, citrus, and hay, remaining important parts of the Phoenix economy for decades. Cotton, cattle, citrus, climate, and copper were known locally as the “Five C’s” of Phoenix’s economy. These industries remained the driving forces of the city until after World War II, when high-tech companies began to move into the valley and air conditioning made Phoenix’s hot summers more bearable.

Attractions and Opportunities

Arizona Science Centre

Desert Botanical Garden

Old Town Scottsdale

Phoenix Art Museum

Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park

Heard Museum of Native Cultures and Art

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Musical Instrument Museum

Transport

Phoenix Wheelchair Access Travel
Phoenix Arizona with its downtown lit by the last rays of sun at the dusk.

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Chicago wheelchair access travel

The City of Chicago, is the third most populous city in the United States. It has a population of 3 Million, which makes it the most populous city in both the state of Illinois and the Midwestern United States. The Chicago metropolitan area, which is often referred to as “Chicagoland” has a population of 10 million people. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, Chicago was incorporated as a city in 1837 near a portage between the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River watershed and grew rapidly in the mid-nineteenth century. Chicago is an international hub for finance, commerce, industry, technology, telecommunications, and transportation. Landmarks in the city include Millennium Park, Navy Pier, the Magnificent Mile, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum Campus, the Willis (Sears) Tower, the Museum of Science and Industry, and Lincoln Park Zoo. Chicago wheelchair access is what you expect from a modern American city. In a wheelchair you can experience the city’s culture includes the arts. This includes legends in the visual arts, literature, film, theater, comedy, food, and music, particularly jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, gospel, and electronic dance music including house music.

Attractions and Opportunities

Art Institute of Chicago

Chicago History Museum

Garfield Park Conservatory 

Lincoln Park

Magnificent Mile

Millenium Park

Museum of Science and Industry

Navy Pier

Old Water Tower 

The Field Museum

The Loop

Riverwalk

Skydeck Chicago

Willis Tower Skydeck 

Transport

The “L” Train

These elevated trains are accessible from station platforms for both powered and manual wheelchairs. Blue line trains sit higher than the platform at many stations, but ramps are available like the one pictured above.

Many stations are not equipped with an elevator. Users of wheelchairs and those who cannot ascend long flights of stairs should not attempt to utilize these inaccessible stations, many of which are in the downtown “Loop.” Detailed access info on this is available from WheelchairTravel

City Bus Service

The Chicago Transit Authority ‘city bus’ system operates throughout the greater Chicago area and serves over 12,000 stops across 140 routes. Buses are equipped with numerous accessibility features which make them entirely accessible to the disabled and wheelchair users.

The accessibility adaptations on Chicago city buses include:

  • All buses kneel or lower and are equipped with lowered floor ramps or lifts.
  • Two wheelchair securement areas with tie-downs are located on every bus.
  • Audio stop and intersection announcements are made on every bus.
  • Lowered yellow accessible stop/alert buttons are positioned at each wheelchair securing area.

The CTA bus fleet is being continuously updated and improved. Buses entered the fleet no earlier than the year 2000 and those currently older than 10 years are being replaced. More than 300 of the 1,800 buses operate using hybrid or fully electric technology.

Other (Fares, route maps and schedules)

More info on fares, route maps and schedules is available from WheelchairTravel.

 

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