Whizz-Kidz is today warmly welcoming news from its Travel Alliance partner Uber, that free Uber ACCESS rides will be offered to young wheelchair users in London, Manchester and Birmingham, to help them get to their local polling station on Election Day (June 8th).
Whizz-Kidz said it was delighted that Uber had recognised this important opportunity for many of its young ambassadors to vote in the General Election, and that the move acknowledged the real difficulties many wheelchair users – of all ages – can experience when trying to get from A to B.
For many young wheelchair users, this will be the first time they’ve ever been eligible to vote in a General Election, so it’s important that it is easy and straightforward for them to make their voices heard.
Uber is a member of Whizz-Kidz’s Travel Alliance, which was set up as part of the charity’s Get on Board travel campaign. The campaign was formed following a 2015 survey which found more than three quarters of wheelchair users, their carers and families experienced problems while travelling that meant they couldn’t travel as independently as they'd like to.
Whizz-Kidz’s Travel Alliance partners play a vital role not only in helping young people access their local transport services, but also in participating in important events in society. The Get on Board Campaign is part of Whizz-Kidz’s Wheels in Motion programme which to prepares young disabled people to lead independent lives, and is funded by The Big Lottery Fund.
Ruth Owen is Chief Executive of Whizz-Kidz. She said:
“Exercising your right to vote is such a fundamental milestone in transitioning from childhood to adulthood. For many young wheelchair users across the UK, this year will mark the first time ever they’ve been eligible to vote in a General Election, so it’s important that the barriers that can stand between them and making their voices heard are removed. We’re delighted, then, that our Travel Alliance partner Uber are making things easier by providing free Uber ACCESS rides to polling stations in major cities. We hope Uber’s generous move will inspire many young wheelchair users to get out and vote on June 8th.”
Jo Bertram, Regional General Manager of Uber in the UK, said:
“Accessing convenient, safe and affordable transport can sometimes be a challenge for wheelchair users. That’s why we’re proud to offer a fully wheelchair accessible option in London, Birmingham and Manchester with many more cities to come. Everybody should be able to have their say on election day, so we’re delighted to work with Whizz-Kidz to offer young wheelchair users an easy way to get to the polls.”