Kootenay Carshare gets a wheelchair van

Canada Day showcase at Lakeside will feature ride for kids on wheelchair lift

Need a ride with a wheelchair? No problems.

Nelson residents who felt their disabilities disqualified them from participating in the Kootenay Carshare now have the option of taking out a wheelchair accessible van.

“We just finished our Get a Lift fundraising campaign, which started three years ago, and we just added the wheelchair van to our fleet as of April this year,” summer intern Noelle Wang told the Star.

“We’re having a big launch on Canada Day for it. We’ll be having a big bash at Lakeside Park.”

During the Canada Day celebrations at Lakeside Park this Saturday the Carshare will be offering lifts to youngsters who want to try it out. The feedback they’ve received from van users so far has been overwhelmingly positive, and they’re looking forward to sharing it more with the community.

“Riders can book it online, it’s easy, and it’s cheaper than having your own vehicle. We’ve been partnering with Nelson Cares and the Nelson & District Seniors Society to make it as accessible as we can.”

If you need help figuring out how to book the van, just call them at 250 352-2033.

“We’re very happy to offer this, because one of our main goals is accessibility, that’s one of our community values. We’re trying to provide adequate accessible transportation to all people, not just a certain selection.”

For more info email info@carsharecoop.ca.

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