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One ramp more in Frankfurt!

As a Christmas present from my parents, I had received tickets for a Sunday brunch on the river Main with one of the pleasure boats of the Primusline in Frankfurt.

I hardly need to mention that my parents clarify in advance if I can access the boat in my wheelchair or not.

A couple of weeks ago the time had come, and I stood in my wheelchair next to the old Main bridge in front of a recently renovated, red sandstone stairway, certainly placed under preservation order.

This reminded with its steep “stroller rails” a bit of a ski jump which would involuntarily end up in a backflip of Aaron Fotheringham style. Look at the videos, incredible, a backflip sitting in a wheelchair…!!!

So far the boat went according to the captain around 20 m upfront on the landing place after the passengers had gone on board. There the wheelchair and rollator users could get quite smoothly over the gangway and with only two stairs on the pleasure boat. This is currently not possible due to a construction site. The accessibility of the boat with a heavy electric wheelchair should be clarified upfront.

So now I was standing with my ticket at the top of the stairway and enjoyed the view on the river while the other guests were boarding!!!

The crew was not allowed to carry me down the stairway due to insurance reasons. After a conversation with the owner, why they sold tickets to wheelchair users when an access to the boat was not possible I suddenly got little wings, and I was on deck. ;-)

The food was nice, and the 3-hour-trip with the Primusline with my family was enjoyable.

Three weeks later I was again on my way at the waterside of the river Main, and I just thought “STRIKE”…

Almost unbelievable, within around 14 days a ramp had been built!!!!

This ramp is indeed steeper than the favoured 6%, but this wouldn’t have been possible from a constructional point, otherwise with a flatter angle the feet would have gotten wet. Therefore the use at your own risk is advised several times.

Now even the tables of the café on the landing place are accessible.

The welded ramp is with non-slip grating and two stable hand rails built very well according to my understanding.
The locksmith has probably gone through an additional nightshift.

I would like to personally thank the responsible people how fast they reacted and arranged the building of the ramp… Chapeau!!!

I can only point out again and again, if you notice a deficit, contact the responsible people constructively. Surprisingly you get feedback quite often, and with regard to the following measures: Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose… But this should not discourage you, if sometimes nothing happens – therefore maybe next time!

Look at the following examples:

Disabled parking place in underground parking lot

Improvement labelling disabled parking place

Curb removal

Assistance bulky luggage Frankfurt airport

Passing prohibited for wheelchair users

Polling place ramp – failed… well, it’s the thought that counts…

Translator BL

 

One ramp more in Frankfurt!

As a Christmas present from my parents, I had received tickets for a Sunday brunch on the river Main with one of the pleasure boats of the Primusline in Frankfurt.

I hardly need to mention that my parents clarify in advance if I can access the boat in my wheelchair or not.

A couple of weeks ago the time had come, and I stood in my wheelchair next to the old Main bridge in front of a recently renovated, red sandstone stairway, certainly placed under preservation order.

This reminded with its steep “stroller rails” a bit of a ski jump which would involuntarily end up in a backflip of Aaron Fotheringham style. Look at the videos, incredible, a backflip sitting in a wheelchair…!!!

So far the boat went according to the captain around 20 m upfront on the landing place after the passengers had gone on board. There the wheelchair and rollator users could get quite smoothly over the gangway and with only two stairs on the pleasure boat. This is currently not possible due to a construction site. The accessibility of the boat with a heavy electric wheelchair should be clarified upfront.

So now I was standing with my ticket at the top of the stairway and enjoyed the view on the river while the other guests were boarding!!!

The crew was not allowed to carry me down the stairway due to insurance reasons. After a conversation with the owner, why they sold tickets to wheelchair users when an access to the boat was not possible I suddenly got little wings, and I was on deck. ;-)

The food was nice, and the 3-hour-trip with the Primusline with my family was enjoyable.

Three weeks later I was again on my way at the waterside of the river Main, and I just thought “STRIKE”…

Almost unbelievable, within around 14 days a ramp had been built!!!!

This ramp is indeed steeper than the favoured 6%, but this wouldn’t have been possible from a constructional point, otherwise with a flatter angle the feet would have gotten wet. Therefore the use at your own risk is advised several times.

Now even the tables of the café on the landing place are accessible.

The welded ramp is with non-slip grating and two stable hand rails built very well according to my understanding.
The locksmith has probably gone through an additional nightshift.

I would like to personally thank the responsible people how fast they reacted and arranged the building of the ramp… Chapeau!!!

I can only point out again and again, if you notice a deficit, contact the responsible people constructively. Surprisingly you get feedback quite often, and with regard to the following measures: Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose… But this should not discourage you, if sometimes nothing happens – therefore maybe next time!

Look at the following examples:

Disabled parking place in underground parking lot

Improvement labelling disabled parking place

Curb removal

Assistance bulky luggage Frankfurt airport

Passing prohibited for wheelchair users

Polling place ramp – failed… well, it’s the thought that counts…

Translator BL

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