Travelling with Disabilities
by Millie, aged 14
In half term we went to Bedford on a bus with my mum, sister and some friends. My mum is disabled so we wanted to find out how easy it is to get to somewhere on a bus and then to hire a scooter.
The bus trip was brilliant, very easy for my mum, plenty of space and seats. Arrived at the bus station and found the mobility shop so mum can hire a scooter. Staff were helpful, forms filled out, mums photo taken, money paid which was a £10 deposit, plus £4 hire and we were ready.
First we visited the library, was good but it’s on many floors, a pain for a scooter/wheelchair/pram user. The lift was small only held mum and scooter. The worse bit was waiting for the lift as it seemed to go straight to top floor, where the toilets and baby change was, then go straight to bottom floor. Mum was on 1st floor and waited 6 lifts before she was able to get down to ground floor.
Next we visited Gallones Ice Cream parlour. Great access for my mum, lots of room downstairs, the amazing pudding was my favourite bit. The only negative bit was the toilets are upstairs, mum managed it but it was a struggle.
We then had a wander round Bedford, easy access to shopping centre, some small shops that mum couldn’t fit in with her scooter, which sometimes can be hard as I take my sister in to look around then mum waits outside.
Finally it’s back on the bus, firstly mum takes her scooter back, deposit returned, very easy. Then we wait for our bus, bus station had lots of seats but it was very dirty. Bus was late, but when arrived it was empty so lots of available seats for us all. No problem mum getting on, bus was low enough for mum to walk on.
An hour bus trip back to home, we all arrived safely, and happy.