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Disabled people find public transport in Wellington and Auckland ‘too hard’ to use

by Michael Forbes, Stuff, 1 December 2015

A first-of-its-kind survey by the CCS Disability Action Group has revealed that less than 20 per cent of disabled people in Wellington and Auckland find it easy accessing and using public transport.

Common complaints include buses not stopping for people with wheelchairs and guide dogs, buses being too painful to step on and off because they don’t “kneel”, poorly-designed footpaths making stops inaccessible, and poorly constructed timetables making trips difficult to plan.

As a result, the study found disabled people were partaking in activities such as grocery shopping, visiting parks and meeting friends at cafes or restaurants far less often than able-bodied people were.

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