Tonight on PUSH GIRLS, you’ll get a glimpse of a major ongoing accessibility problem: people with disabilities trying to hail cabs in the Big Apple. It’s an uphill battle — New York’s taxi problem is notorious among disabled transit users — and some people are working to change that. Activists in New York have been fighting for decades now for accessible taxis, through negotiations, court cases and protests.
Michele Kaplan wants us to mind the gap. The space between a subway car and the platform might not seem like a big deal if you’re bipedal, but it can pose a safety hazard if you’re using a wheelchair, cane or walker. Michele got fed up on July 10 when she tried to board a train in a supposedly accessible station and her powerchair got stuck in the gap. She was forced to rely on “two burly-looking passengers” to get her chair out of the doors and onto the train. When she got home, she decided to fight back. Michele started up a Tumblr and set up a petition, and she’s been putting the word out ever since.