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    • #13658
      Matt Lafleur
      Keymaster

      Ride-sharing seems all the rage these days and super convenient. Uber and Lyft seem so easy to use and great for traveling on a budget.

      Are these services viable for those with FA? If you ever used them, how did the ride go? Would you recommend it for others with FA?

    • #13675
      Lake Denk
      Participant

      I always use Lyft. They have an option to indicate ‘disabled’ on your profile allowing the drivers to know beforehand. They are the most understanding and compassionate drivers I’ve came across.

      • #13676
        Matt Lafleur
        Keymaster

        Lake, you just made my day. I had no idea there was a disabled option. You are definitely a Great Lake.

    • #13677
      Ryan Slade
      Participant

      This is not very relevant to me as I still walk unassisted…do I vote absolutely!

      • #13679
        Matt Lafleur
        Keymaster

        I still want to know your experiences with them- especially any involving ataxia!

        And voting? I’m confused. LOL

    • #13680
      Ryan Slade
      Participant

      Lol…personally I have no problem with either. When ai was in Chicago only used them (I didn’t have a car). To me, it’s jst an opportunity to educate someone new about Ataxia. I generally, talk about it…before people ask.

      • #13682
        Matt Lafleur
        Keymaster

        “doesn’t apply to me”- bull! We benefit from hearing from you, no matter what your stage of ataxia is!

    • #13685
      Jean Walsh
      Participant

      Uber kept asking me to meet my driver across busy city streets and sometimes they weren’t there when I finally got across…as in ride cancelled. Admittedly, this was my first Uber by myself in Boston. I have had better luck with Lyft. But on either, even when ordering a taxi, when you request a wheelchair access vehicle (WAV) things go much more smoothly.

      • #13689
        Matt Lafleur
        Keymaster

        Does requesting a WAV take super long?

    • #13703
      Brian Rhodes
      Participant

      I’ve used Uber and even Uber XL maybe 30 times in various cities. Me along with 3 – 7 others (coworkers) is common.
      With Uber, I’ve never noticed a ‘disabled’ flag of any sort, which is a bummer.

      But in those ~30 calls, I’ve not had one showstopping experience. Little stuff, like telling the driver you can’t really be dropped off across the street from your destination (ie: avoiding cross traffic) and pulling up to ramps rather than curbs is needed, but not really that awkward.

      • #13704
        Matt Lafleur
        Keymaster

        How did the driver respond? Were they cool or aggravated with the request?

        • #13731
          Brian Rhodes
          Participant

          The drivers are typically pretty understanding. I’ve not gotten sideways with a driver on account of my FA, but a few due to other reasons (like being crazy drivers!:) )

        • #13734
          Matt Lafleur
          Keymaster

          Is “gotten sideways” a cool hip phrase that all the kids are using? Cuz I’ve never heard of it.

        • #13881
          Brian Rhodes
          Participant

          ha! I assure you, if it’s cool, I will make it uncool once they find out I’m using it…

    • #14513
      Clester
      Participant

      I realize it’s not exactly on topic but…..
      Something that has always been at the back of my mind whenever we go anywhere. What if we broke down? I’m handier than almost anyone,
      but what if it’s something I don’t have the tools(I keep quite a big tool box in the van) with me to fix? I’ve even changed a fuel pump, wheel bearing, water pump, etc. along side the road. It’s not just a tow truck you would have to call. I have to find transportation for my wife. Tow trucks aren’t wheelchair accessible. BIG money for us to break down.
      So it is nice to know Uber or lift has that option. I’ll have to look into that.

    • #14514
      Clester
      Participant

      I’m over 50 and I’ve used the phrase “getting sideways” with someone since I was little so it’s been around a while.

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