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From an engineering point of view, a tram is a vehicle that takes electricity from somewhere (overhead wires or third rail underneath), use motors to convert this into torque, and spins wheels to move the tram. The obvious solution is put all this machinery at ground level, right next to the wheels, and put the passengers on top. Ta-dah, a high-floor tram. ...


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Cost, and speed. Some public transport companies report that low floor trams have 15% higher maintenance costs for the rolling stock, and 20% higher maintenance costs for the infrastructure on average (source in German). The low-floor designs typically also decrease the speed at which a tram can drive through a curve (usually 4–15 km/h in 20 m radius ...


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The general answer is, because rail-borne rolling stock is expensive, it is only rational to expect trams to have a long life cycle. It is not unusual to see trams which are 30 years old, and in some places you can meet trams built in something like the 1930s and still in use. Thus, because low-floor tram designs are relatively new (introduced in 1980s and ...


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There is a bike rental at the Hauptbahnhof which offers rental of wheelchairs (although they don't specify, so I guess it's the non-electric ones), handbikes and electric scooters. There are some details including pictures and prices for the electric scooters on the website of the city of Cologne. The price is 10 € for 3 hours or 20 € per day plus a deposit ...


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If you want to go anywhere beyond what you can drive to, you need to join a tour or hire your own personal naturalist/guide. That's what my Galapagos guide said anyway. The crew on our ship were pretty good at helping folks in and out of the zodiac boats, but you'll want to evaluate whether this person will find getting in and out of boats too taxing. ...


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No problem at all, you might be asked to put it with the luggage inside the X-Ray scanner at the security check. Nothing special onboard, you will be asked to put it in an overhead bin if it fits (the crew will help you with that), or they will find a place to stow it. Remember, you can always request assistance from the airlines, they can provide you with ...


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Frommers lists that Bright Angel and North Kaibab trails are 'the canyon's smoothest' trails - but as you can see on my picture with a section of the Bright Angel trail, it's not really wheelchair accessible, and probably quite strenuous on crutches. Picture was taken in 2006, so it might look different today. Another option would be a mule trip, which ...


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In general the airport staff does not automatically assist with disabled travelers. It almost always needs to be arranged through the airline on which you are traveling. It is advisable to contact the airline in advance to request wheel chair assistance, for all airports on the travelers itinerary. They will note this in your booking record and should ...


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The SFO webpage on accessibility mentions two interesting bits of information. First thing is, of course, that you should inform your airline of all particular needs you might have, for them to make the necessary arrangements. Secondly, according to the afore-mentioned website, airline staff is approachable in both Domestic and International terminals: ...


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I found Köln-Turismus company and wrote them. They gave me +49 0221 949755 - 0 and the E-mail Adress is info@stortz-koeln.de I'll write them - but did anybody hear about them? Manager from disabledaccessholidays.com said that, fortunately, they can provide an electric wheelchair in Köln, too. His colleague trying to organize a transfer. If it will be ...


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The VisitPlymouth accessibility page lists the accessible features and attractions. They do include boat trips, which they cite as being accessible from the Barbican landing stage. They also have a link to a Google Maps mashup, which allows zooming in on any of the landings, even to Google StreetView. If that's not inspiring enough confidence, the best ...


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Bad news. While 888 will get you the teletext subtitles in Greece, Belgium and other countries, and Austria is 777, for example, Romania is one of the few EU members to have NONE for Teletext subtitling. Source: State of subtitling access in EU report - European Federation of Hard of Hearing People (page 20).


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To the best of my knowledge, no such global resource exists -- and that's a slightly more assertive statement than most, since I was at Lonely Planet when accessible travel manager Martin Heng presented his research on precisely this. There are a bunch of local efforts of widely varying standards and quality, OpenBritain being one of the better ones. ...


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I will use the http://disabledaccessholidays.com company I specified above, to hire wheelchair and car transfer. I communicated with them. They can help not only in Berlin and München, but in Köln, too. Hope this question can be useful for someone who will find it here. Thanks.



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