FLATIRON — Wearing yellow buttons stating “Separate is NOT equal,” a dozen advocates in wheelchairs rolled into the “Taxi of Tomorrow” exhibit near Madison Square Park Thursday to raise concerns about the lack of disability access in the city’s forthcoming fleet of cabs.
The “Roll-In” protest against the city’s Taxi and Limousine Commission exhibit was designed to pressure officials to reverse their position on accommodating disabled riders before New York City’s newly designed fleet of cabs hits the streets in 2013.
The TLC unveiled its new Nissan-designed NV200 taxi model, which it chose over Ford’s and Turkish automaker Karsan’s designs, and made it available for the public to view starting on Tuesday and ending on Saturday. Karsan’s proposed model was handicap accessible, but Nissan’s is not.
“They just picked the wrong one,” said Alexander Wood, 50, who has been wheelchair-bound since 1992. “It’s boneheaded.”
Read more: http://www.dnainfo.com/20111103/murray-hill-gramercy/wheelchair-users-stage-rollin-protest-against-taxi-of-tomorrow#ixzz1cmTjoqzz
via @ReeveFoundation’s twitter
not liking “wheelchair bound” but so glad there was a protest. this whole non accessible taxi thing is making me lose respect for the state i love.