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Walking Lanes vs. Bike Lanes for Wheelchairs?

WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Moderator Posts: 384 Moderator
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The other day my boyfriend Dan and I were out for a walk with out two dogs (Charles & Frank). We live in Vancouver, B.C- a city that supports bicycle use and emission free transportation. Doesn't matter what part of the city you go to, you will hear the "swooosh" from bicycles whipping around every corner and down the street. 

The side walk is split into two lanes; walking and biking. I've added a photo below to show you guys what our wheels/ walks typically look like. When we are in the walking lane, joggers pass up and look back wondering why a chair with wheels is in the walking lane, and when we go into the bike lane- we're too slow. 

What are your thoughts? Let us know!


Your WAGS of SCI
(Elena and Brooke)


  • nightqueen1nightqueen1 Member Posts: 11
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    I would say he can go in either the bike lane or the walking lane. His wheelchair gives him permission to go in whatever area he CAN go into. Also, his wheels are wider than the average pedestrian, so Ive seen wheelchairs in there because they can fit better without forcing people to get out of the way 
  • SterlionSterlion Moderator Posts: 101 Moderator
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    What @nightqueen1 said. If it were me I'd use the sidewalk/roll. Especially if I'm walking with someone. I'd rather slow down a jogger or possibly run into one over a bike.
  • WAGSofSCIWAGSofSCI Moderator Posts: 384 Moderator
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    Thanks for your responses. I wonder if they will come up with a lane for wheelchairs in the future?

    Your WAGS of SCI
    (Elena and Brooke)
  • ShortieOShortieO Member Posts: 5
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    I would use the bike lane because
    there is more room and the ride is smoother. I dare anyone to say anything to us. 
  • stephanie426stephanie426 Moderator Posts: 46 Moderator
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    We have similar issues in Rochester where we are increasingly becoming a bike friendly city. Sometimes the sidewalks are just not wide enough for two wheelchair users to be side by side, or sometimes the path is just a smoother roll on the bike path, so I always prefer the bike path over the sidewalk. That said, I know a lot of chair users who prefer the sidewalk because they fear being hit by a fast moving bike. I don't share that fear because I figure the worst they'll do is put me in a wheelchair, right? Ha. 
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