The most wheelchair-accessible city I’ve been to is Kansas City, Missouri. I was asked to come down and participate in an art show. So, I figured I’d go down and check it out. Why not, right? Once we got our accommodations booked, I was ready to fly out and try this new place. Kansas City is really not far from where I live now. It’s just hours away.
Once we arrived, we had no problem getting to our van. We didn’t even have to take a shuttle. There was an Uber available and it was a wheelchair-accessible minivan. It was super dope! This was the first time I’ve seen it. Even though St. Louis and Kansas City are in the same state, there is absolutely no Uber or any other ride-sharing app available where I live. For some reason, the state doesn’t want to pay for the insurance, but that’s a whole other issue.
Wheelchair Accessible Transportation
With our Uber there waiting for us, we made it to the hotel, got comfortable and got our things settled. When we went to the art show the next day, we needed a taxi. We went down to the hotel lobby as soon as we called for one. The taxi came in 15 minutes. In St. Louis, if you have to take a taxi, and it can take forever to get there. Our taxi driver took us to the art venue and gave us a card. He told us to call as soon as we’re ready to leave. So, we called them ahead of time and the taxi was there within 10 minutes. Great service! They were very courteous and awesome. The drivers went out of their way to make sure everybody was comfortable and the ride was very soft and safe. Sometimes, taxi drivers drive like maniacs, which can make for a bumpy ride. This is bad for people like us better in wheelchairs or power wheelchairs.
Sidewalks and Curb Cuts
The sidewalks in Kansas City were very smooth and there were plenty of curb cuts so I had no problem driving around the city in my Edge® 3 Power Wheelchair. It was a very comfortable ride, even though it was cold out!
About Jesse Cuellar: Jesse is an artist and a brand ambassador for Quantum Rehab®. An accident left him paralyzed from the neck down, so he uses his mouth to paint and expresses himself through his art. Jesse lives in St. Louis, Missouri, and enjoys painting and hanging out with his friends. Click here to learn more about Jesse.
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