Exploring Ljubljana by Wheelchair Gets Even Easier

By , 31 Jan 2019, 14:30 PM Travel
The attachment in action outside the Tourist Centre (the one near the Puppet Theatre) The attachment in action outside the Tourist Centre (the one near the Puppet Theatre) Screenshot from Twitter video

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The City of Ljubljana’s efforts to make the capital a friendlier, more welcoming and liveable place are not restricted to its award-winning environmental initiatives or support for a packed programme of cultural  activities to keep the streets alive. As noted last year with the launch of the Ljubljana by Wheelchair app, and emphasised in our interview with the man behind it, the municipality is also working to make sure the city is more accessible to those with limited mobility. To the ramps, Eurokey bathrooms, disabled access buses and Kavalir electric vehicles we can now add another service – free rental of electric attachments for wheelchairs that convert an ordinary, manually powered wheelchair into a vehicle capable of moving faster and further.

As Ljubljana Tourism stated in a press release:

The SPEED3X attachment enables people on wheelchairs easier and faster movement and overcoming longer distances. It simply attaches to the wheelchair and the linking element can be adjusted in height and width, making it compatible for practically any wheelchair without any specific adaptation. A full battery has a reach of 40 km, which means a person on a wheelchair can join their friends and family on bicycles or on foot while exploring the city. The user must present their personal document and a deposit, which is returned to them after they bring back the attachment in one piece and without any damage.

At present only two attachments are available for use, and they can be picked up at the Slovenian Tourist Information Centre (STIC) located at Krekov Trg 10 – the first tourist centre in Europe to offer such devices. If you’d like to email or call to ensure one is available, the details are T: +386 (0)1 306 45 83   E: info(at)visitljubljana.si

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