Reader concerned about unsafe sidewalks

June 22, 2014 at 1:22 a.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

I applied to ride Victoria Transit's ParaTransit because I am in a wheelchair and am going to therapy five days a week. Granted, they did approve me with a doctor's paper, which they require.

The problem I'm having is with the price they are charging for taking me to my therapy. A regular transit customer can buy a pass for $65 a month for unlimited rides, or if you are disabled, it is $35 a month for unlimited rides. But if you ride the ParaTransit and cannot get to one of their bus stops, you are charged $1.50 each direction you travel. I live just five blocks from where I do therapy, and it would cost me $15 a week to ride the ParaTransit.

I have to have a Hoveround wheelchair, so I take the chance and ride my wheelchair to therapy. I have to cross the road at John Stockbauer Drive and Salem Road. The sidewalks, once you pass Salem, are not very wheelchair friendly. I have to ride into the roadway because I cannot get onto the sidewalk with my wheelchair. I am referring to the sidewalks just after the strip mall all the way to Excel Sports Therapy.

Tim Bourland, Victoria



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