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20.       Loveprague
627 posts
 17 Jun 2010 Thu 11:35 am

 

Quoting Henry

I read Richard´s post as a comment (or whinge if you prefer) on the lack of facilities for people with mobility problems and also pram users. Having often helped ladies with prams and shopping up and down stairways I appreciate the difficulties a lone parent can experience.

Unfortunately world-wide there are problems with infrastructure for helping less mobile public transport users. Istanbul is not alone here. Sadly many disabled people have to rely on public transport. Thankfully some of Istanbul´s public transport is good for access, especially the newer systems.

 

 

Thanks Henry, I am just trying to think of other people who have to travel, I have always appreciated what lone parents and other parents have to manage after becoming a parent for the first time just one year ago.

 

I just think more consideration should be given to less fortunate and able bodied travellers, I was not having a moan as one T.C. member clearly thought

 

21.       vineyards
1954 posts
 17 Jun 2010 Thu 11:44 am

Loveprague,

You certainly have a point; we can´t claim people with disabilities are offered decent solutions throughout the country. Nonetheless, some of the facilities you mentioned such as specially designed cars for disabled people also exist in Turkey. The government offers considerable financial support to make them more affordable.

 

As for the subway station at Mecidiyeköy, check out the link (Turkish) below, there it says disabled people are provided with an exclusive entry complete with a dedicated lift and other aids.

 

http://www.istanbul-ulasim.com.tr/default.asp?menu_id=4&sayfa_id=3

 

Large scale projects like this one go through many stages of approval. Therefore, such obvious requirements can hardly be neglected. There are top notch companies routinely involving in massive constructions. I would be surprized if anyone could spot a mistake or an omission after having walked through it just a couple of times. Tens of thousands of trained eyes must have done this before us.

 

I can´t be in your shoes of course but I would consider stopping a taxi before targeting the entire subway system. 



Edited (6/17/2010) by vineyards [Taksim, Mecidiyeköy confusion...]

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