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    How Wheelchair-Friendly are Major US Cities?

    While we still have a long way to go, America is now home to many wheelchair-friendly cities. Wheelchair-accessible public transportation has flourished, and getting around is becoming easier. But how do major cities stack up in terms of accessibility?


Handicap Travel in Washington D.C.

The United States is the land of the free, and our nation’s capital lives up to that motto by being one of the most wheelchair accessible cities in the country, if not the world. Washington D.C. is full of monuments, history, museums, and art, not to mention the White House, Capital Building, and Supreme Court. A visit to Washington D.C. is both fun and informative. Learn more from Freedom Motors USA.

Washington DC Capitol Building
Las Vegas Skyline at Night

Handicap Travel in Las Vegas, NV

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, and thanks to its excellent wheelchair accessibility, you’ll be glad you stayed! Las Vegas is one of the United States’ most accessible cities, offering easy transportation, comforting accommodations, and plenty of entertainment options to delight any tourist looking for a memorable adventure.

Handicap Travel in New Orleans, LA

Is New Orleans wheelchair accessible? If you want to soak up the city’s famous history, food, architecture, and Creole culture, that might just be the question you’re asking yourself. Much of the charm of New Orleans comes from its old-world atmosphere — That unfortunately means it isn’t one of the country’s most accessible cities, but you can still get around.

New Orleans Skyline
Aerial View of Boston

Handicap Travel in Boston, MA

Boston is one of the oldest cities in the nation, but it’s surprisingly friendly to wheelchair-bounc visitors. Most of it’s public transit options, including bus lines and subway — or “T” — lines offer options for those in wheelchairs to board and remain secured.

Boston proves to be an excellent handicap-accessible travel destination thanks to an abundance of wheelchair-friendly public transportation, wheelchair-accessible taxis, and impeccable streets.

Handicap Travel in New York City, NY

All New York City taxis must be able to take passengers in a wheelchair, and you can also call 311 to arrange a handicap-accessible cab with no advance notice.

Further New York City options include:

  • MTA Access-a-Ride: Picks you up but requires 24 hours in advance.
  • Access-a-Ride Buses: Regular, but often arrives between 5 minutes early or up to 30 minutes late.

MTA bus lines offer easy access, but you’ll need to make sure stations are handicap accessible if you’re using the subway.

New York City Skyline
Houston Skyline

Handicap Travel in Houston, TX

All METRO buses offer accessibility features to get you around Houston — many even come with a kneeling feature. You can also use METROLift if you cannot board, ride, or disembark from a METRO fixed-route bus.

All METRORail platforms are 100% ADA-compliant and each car includes four wheelchair areas.

Handicap Travel in Detroit, MI

Sidewalk curb ramps are practical for people in wheelchairs, but you’ll often need to travel far to find one.

Public transportation options include:

  • QLINE: The streetcar system offers low floors and high platforms for easy access.
  • SMART: All buses are equipped with lifts or ramps and all SMART’s bus stops with a shelter are ADA and wheelchair accessible.
Detroit Skyline
Chicago Skyline

Handicap Travel in Chicago, IL

The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) is reasonably accessible. Travel by L train and find access for powered or manual wheelchairs, but keep in mind that not all stations are equipped with an elevator — you should check ahead, especially if you’re heading into the Downtown Loop.

Chicago buses will kneel or lower and are equipped with ramps or lifts, and you’ll find lowered stop/alert buttons designed for wheelchair users.

Handicap Travel in Tampa, FL

In addition to beautiful weather, Tampa offers fully-accessible public transportation through Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART). There’s also an on-demand door-to-door van service called HARTFlex than can make getting around even easier. Don’t worry if you’re flying to Tampa, either: the airport is fully accessible as well, with options for assistance from both airline and airport staff.

Tampa Bay Skyline
Freeway In Los Angeles

Handicap Travel in Los Angeles, CA

As the second-largest city in the United States and one of the country’s most popular tourist destinations, Los Angeles has certainly committed to accommodating handicap travel. Its public transit infrastructure is fully accessible, as are many of its taxi cabs. The big downside is that sidewalks around downtown tend to be elevated, which can make it tough if you’re alone.

Handicap Travel in San Fransisco, CA

San Francisco’s hills are intimidating for anyone who relies on a wheelchair, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out — the city’s public transit options are refreshingly accessible.

Streets of San Fransisco
Denver Skyline

Handicap Travel in Denver, CO

The Mile-High City sits 5,280 feet above sea level and commands the highest population for 500 miles in every direction. Denver is often considered a gateway to the Rockies, but it also offers plenty for tourists in its own right. Better yet, wheelchair accessibility in Denver is excellent, making it a great handicap travel destination.

Learn More About Disability-Friendly Cities by Contacting Freedom Motors

Whether you want to further explore wheelchair-accessible travel in popular American cities, talk about converting your vehicle for wheelchair use, or learn more about wheelchair prices, contact Freedom Motors.

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Phone: 800-625-6335

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Phone: 800-625-6335

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