We are thinking of visiting Rhodes for the day and wondered if these buses are wheelchair accessible?
From what I've seen the buses are not wheelchair friendly. I've seen people with them but they have to struggle on to the bus and fold the chair and put it in the luggage compartment. Where are you staying?
Oh that wouldn't be suitable, I was hoping that they would be the new type buses that lower to the ground, he could then wheel himself on and there would be a place on the bus for him to remain sitting on the lower deck. As he is unable to walk at all and the chair is a rigid frame it would not be suitable.
We aren't staying in Rhodes town, I want to visit for the day from Turkey.
" I was hoping that they would be the new type buses that lower to the ground"
But if you look closely in places where these do operate you'll see that while the bus lowers itself, it isn't to the ground, in fact the pavement is permanently raised at the bus stops so the ground meets the bus halfway. This requires significant investment from the highway authority, and in areas where it hasn't been done the driver has to get out of the cab and deploy a ramp.
There's not enough money in Greece to maintain the existing footways let alone invest in raising them at bus stops, the condition they are in in Rhodes Town is about as unfriendly to wheelchairs as you can get.
That's before you visit the Old Town which as a World Heritage Site has to be maintained in as close to original condition as you can get, which means cobblestones designed by medieval engineers to provide grip for donkeys hauling carts, almost uncrossable by wheelchairs.
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