Thursday, 17 December 2015

Thank you.

Thank's for everyone's help.. Accessibility for all can be accomplished with..

Please visit my blog..
mightywheels.ca

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

In my life.

I have been in a automobile accident and it taught me that life is more PRECIOUS then anyone could dream. Now all I wish to do is help people. I’d love to sit down and share my story.

Please visit my blog..

mightywheels.ca

Saturday, 12 December 2015

Gratitude.

My name is Jude, and I am helping Tim out with his initiative to hopefully find a strong audience willing to support this call for improved accessibility in the city of Edmonton.

There has been great interest from Metro Edmonton (article found here), and some individuals involved in planning/development for the city. Thank you all for this attention, and consideration for this project.

If you know of any ways the city is approaching these issues in current operation strategies, please contact Tim or myself. We would like our actions to be in line with ongoing work to continue the conversation.

Please visit my blog..
mightywheels.ca

Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Positive.

I'm in a wheelchair.. God gave me lemons so, I'm making lemon aid for everyone who uses wheels. 

Please visit my blog..
mightywheels.ca

Real fame

Fame is the by product of doing what’s right.
I don’t want people to thank me, for a Job the City should be doing, I don’t want thanks for a job that should of already been done. But, I’ll take the support of the people who think what I’m doing is a good thing and the support will give me the power to do much more.

Please visit my blog..
mightywheels.ca

Monday, 7 December 2015

We can.

We can all do better with shoveling our walkways and sidewalks in the winter. It keeps many people safe like Seniors, school children and people with mobility needs. Safeway could also do better by not setting up displays in the middle of the aisles which makes it difficult for people in chairs and walkers to access food isles.

Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Video 1

I just had a photographer take, my pictures for my next story in The Metro news.

Very fast they finished the artiale even faster then the production of the video.

Blogger has made a film to shed light on winter accessibility issues in

Here's the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLpbdtN3bjE&feature=youtu.be

Thursday, 26 November 2015

Attention.

Yesterday went great..

I was documented wheeling to the Safeway 4 blocks showing the hardships, a person using wheels has to go to through just to go to thee local store.


Soo, many people volunteered to help
the filming started at 2:00
West Edm Village to the Callingwood Safeway.

I would like to many projects to be posted on my blog...

Contact tim@mightywheels.ca
Mightywheels on Facebook

Friday, 20 November 2015

Objective.

Mightywheels Objectives 1). I want to help my wheeled friends by giving them equal access to our great city. 2 ). I want to increase awareness of people with mobility issues and their struggle with limited access to lots of areas in the city. 3). I would like to increase my blog sites traffic to help more people. 4). When my popularity grows large enough, I wish to create a new position for city hall, called Accessibility Coordinator. 5). Mightywheels is my passion and job and I will be heard. Mission The free service that Mightywheels provide is a blog site to post and discuss poor surface areas you may come across. We will investigate and get the proper media awareness to show that there is a problem. The next step is to contact the right person or persons to repair this poor surface area. We don't take donations, if you like what we do, buy a shirt to help us with our advertising campaign. Keys to Success To Create a good rapport with Business Owners regarding the issue. To Establish a strong network of support with public. To Set up fundraising activities that will successfully fund the program. To Increase presence in the community the Public Relations Activities and Social Media Organization Summary Mightywheels Team is a free service that provides a blog site to post and discuss poor surface areas you may come across. We will investigate and contact the right person or person(s) to repair this poor surface area.

The making of Mightywheels.

Long ago in the 1980s, I was a big time adrenalin junkie, who rode a little BMX bicycle. My friends and I raced around town calling ourselves “The Mightywheels Team”. We all had little kid dreams of moving to Vancouver and being bicycle couriers. That never happened, I got in my accident and the team fell apart. Later on in my life, when I recovered from my injury, I was placed in a wheelchair and saw that the accessibility for a person who used wheels was very poor in my city. I wanted to do something. When I lived in Kamloops B.C I walked across a really high tech bridge that was new but was not accessible for people who used wheels. I had a friend carry my chair across the other side. I crossed the bridge proving that people who used wheels would need to safely cross the bridge. The idea of Mightywheels bloomed from there. In time I moved to Edmonton where I officially formed the Mightywheels team. I started a blog to spread the word. Later a friend taught me how to link my blog to Facebook, Twitter and Tumbler to get better exposure. I started a Pinterest page connected to my blog showing good and bad surface areas to plan out a map to safely navigate our city. I’m sure in the future my blog will have a virtual map of the whole city that speaks to you and tells you where the bad surface areas are.

Friday, 13 November 2015

Email to Ellen Degeneres.

My name is Timothy Maxwell, I was put in a wheelchair 23 years ago. Since then I have learned to put up with many accessibility problems. I live in Edmonton Alberta, it is a understanding city for people who use wheels. I am trying my hardest to advocate my Mightywheels team, so I can improve the city's accessibility more. I am presently working on an idea to help local businesses gain publicity for being fully accessible to people who use wheels. My dream is to live in a barrier free city, I would like all who live in my city to have that same opportunity. That is all I have ever wanted to do, is to help people who use wheels gain better accessibility. The more people who are aware of Mightywheels.ca, the more people we can help.

I would really like your help to accomplish my dream of helping all people with wheels.

Mightywheels.

Mightywheels Accessibility
I have an idea to help local businesses, it’s like scratching a store owners backs, well I get free publicity for my Mightywheels team. I know lots of little business that would like me to come to their store and show that there are fully accessible for people who use wheels, just like I did the other day for a company in Callingwood, (as seen on my Internet blog).
I’d like to present this idea to your boss and maybe he or she would be interested in doing something like that, to help enlighten our city on wheel accessibility. I’m sure by doing this the number of people who use wheels that travel in our city would sky rocket, and for me, my Mightywheels team would get seen in the spot light. that’s all I want to do is help people who use wheels gain accessibility and more people who are aware of Mightywheels and what we do, the more people we can help.
Internet blog http://mightywheels.ca

Saturday, 24 October 2015

Handout

     Mightywheels.ca  
     Come join the winning team,                   
                                             


Help Mightywheels, help others. We are a wheel accessibility team that I created to help people who use wheels. We'll stand up for all people using wheels and help them journey through our city. We will bring attention to problem areas. So that everyone can access the city. This free service can be used by anyone, parents pushing baby strollers, people using walking aids or wheelchairs. Our mission is to help bring attention to difficulties people face every day, such as poor surface areas, poor city intersections, poor sidewalks, sidewalk ramps, and non-accessible places of business. We want equal accessibility, so we can all access our beautiful city. I am hoping to raise awareness for the struggles that people with wheels have everyday. Thanks for your time & we appreciate any help that comes our way.
I will not rest until the government uses a person who uses wheels to evaluate wheel entry, parking stalls, door ways and other access points. The government has improved a lot but there is still far to go.
Every day that I'm able to, I will post an idea to help people who look on my wheel accessibility blog.

Monday, 5 October 2015

Smiling Faces

The last day of Callingwood’s farmers market, my self and Quan's workers went around handing out coupons for free hot chocolate at the Tea House. The Mightywheels team could not make it there so myself and Quan's workers went around handing out the coupons. We feel the event was a success. There were lots of smiling faces on a breezy day. 

Friday, 2 October 2015

Acomplishments

Examiner Interview ... here


AMI-TV Interview ... here

Pinterest Page ... here

inews 880 Interview ... here

Metro News Interview ... here

CBC New's Interview ... here

Make something Edmonton ... here

Change.org Page ... here

Callingwood Connector Interview  ... here

CTV's stop Gap Interview ... here

Tuesday, 29 September 2015

My business

Timothy ld Maxwell,  

I'm an independent advocate, helping people who use wheels and creator of Mightywheels.ca 
we help people who use wheels.

Monday, 28 September 2015

Pin it..

What I'm trying to do with my Pinterest Page, is to find a team of volunteers who would take pictures of good and bad city intersections, sidewalks and sidewalk ramps, and non-accessible places of business. If your interested please contact Tim, through Mightywheels.ca

Thursday, 24 September 2015

Hear us..

Help us, to help others.
we need to be herd by the city of Edmonton.
Mightywheels, showing Edmonton’s good and bad sidewalk and street intersections. https://www.pinterest.com/tldmaxwell/mightywheelsca/

Monday, 21 September 2015

Ability

1. To enable persons with disabilities to live independently and participate fully in all aspects of life, States Parties shall take appropriate measures to ensure to persons with disabilities access, on an equal basis with others, to the physical environment, to transportation, to information and communications, including information and communications technologies and systems, and to other facilities and services open or provided to the public, both in urban and in rural areas. These measures, which shall include the identification and elimination of obstacles and barriers to accessibility, shall apply to, inter alia:
a) Buildings, roads, transportation and other indoor and outdoor facilities, including schools, housing, medical facilities and workplaces;
b) Information, communications and other services, including electronic services and emergency services.
2. States Parties shall also take appropriate measures:
a) To develop, promulgate and monitor the implementation of minimum standards and guidelines for the accessibility of facilities and services open or provided to the public;
b) To ensure that private entities that offer facilities and services which are open or provided to the public take into account all aspects of accessibility for persons with disabilities;
c) To provide training for stakeholders on accessibility issues facing persons with disabilities;
d) To provide in buildings and other facilities open to the public signage in Braille and in easy to read and understand forms;
e) To provide forms of live assistance and intermediaries, including guides, readers and professional sign language interpreters, to facilitate accessibility to buildings and other facilities open to the public;
f) To promote other appropriate forms of assistance and support to persons with disabilities to ensure their access to information;
g) To promote access for persons with disabilities to new information and communications technologies and systems, including the Internet;
h) To promote the design, development, production and distribution of accessible information and communications technologies and systems at an early stage, so that these technologies and systems become accessible at minimum cost.

Mightysheels.ca

I'm an independent advocate, helping people who use wheels. Before I got hurt I was gong to join the army and be a hero that way But, Sh*t happened, I got hurt and being a army hero was out. So, now I'll be a hero this way. Mightywheels.ca mission is to help all people who use wheels, from parents pushing baby strollers, people with walking devices, or people like me in wheelchairs. When I fist started to use my own wheels, I noticed many poor surface areas and wanted to create an internet blog to help other people who use wheels. The city has made many improvements, but there is much to do. Help is still needed for everyone, from parents pushing baby strollers, people with walking devices, or people like me, in wheelchairs. So, I went back to school to learn how to create a team of people that could help me with my endeavor, I call this Mightywheels. The teams objective is to raise awareness to the problems people who use wheels face everyday. These include poor surface areas on city intersections, poor sidewalks and sidewalk ramps, and non-accessible places of business. It is Mightywheels mission to work with all businesses to try and find ways to make them more wheel friendly. That way, all customers will have improved accessibility.

We want equal accessibility, so we can all access our beautiful city.
I could not do this without my team of helpers at.. MIghtywheels.ca

Sunday, 13 September 2015

pictures, pictures, pictures.

Mightywheels needs your help to help everyone who uses wheels, we all know the City's intersections, sidewalks and sidewalk ramps. Are not in the best of conditions. That's where Mightywheels.ca would like to help, keeping our great City accessible for all. Parents pushing baby strollers, people with walking devices, or people like me in wheelchairs.

It's easy, take a pictures of any City intersections, sidewalks and sidewalk ramps that you have trouble navigate over (with your cell phone) include the address of the site and send it in by email.

We are not here to bad mouthing our great city,
we just want to help, keep our city accessible for all.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

an idea

We need a TV ad saying we need stop gap.. someone in power chair, my self in my manual chair and a person using a walker in front of a non-access able store saying we need stop gap someone can even record it on my iphone.

please contact Mightywheels.ca

Twitter contacted

Mightywheels is making more accessible. Check out his project & CTV interview

yaa

To request a curb ramp, contact the Transportation Planning Branch at 780-496-1795. For more information: Transportation Planning 13th Floor, Century Place 9803 – 102A Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5J 3A3 Telephone 780-496-1795 Email transplanning@edmonton.ca

Monday, 10 August 2015

Stop Gap

StopGap, We are currently working with different volunteer groups in many different communities here in Canada by helping them adopt a StopGap Foundation Community Ramp Project. This project allows businesses with single step storefronts the opportunity to receive a deployable access ramp at little to no cost. Volunteers help build ramps and typically building materials are acquired via a donation or discounted rates from local hardware stores. 

 http://www.awesomefoundation.org/en/chapters/edmonton

Sunday, 2 August 2015

It's a good thing..

I have an idea to help local businesses, it’s like scratching a store owners backs, well I get free publicity for my Mightywheels team. I know lots of little business that would like me to come to their store and show that there are fully accessible for people who use wheels, just like I did the other day for a company in Callingwood. 

I’d like to present this idea to your boss and maybe he or she would be interested in doing something like that, to help enlighten our city on wheel accessibility. I’m sure by doing this the number of people who use wheel that travel in our city would sky rocket, and for me, my Mightywheels team would get seen in the spot light. that’s all I want to do is help people who use wheels.

and more people who are a where of Mightywheels and what we do, the more people we can help.

mightywheels.ca

Do you like my idea?

Sunday, 26 July 2015

It's here now.

Pinterest's Mightywheels Page showing Edmonton's good and bad sidewalk, sidewalk ramps and street intersections.

 https://www.pinterest.com/tldmaxwell/mightywheelsca/

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Join my team

I've been trying to work on Mightywheels on my own for over 13 years, and I realize this is such a BIG job, more then one person could ever do on his own. So, I'm asking for some help please.
mightywheels.ca
The thing I don't understand is that it effects everyone.. from parents pushing baby strollers, people with walking devices, or people like me in wheelchairs.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Questions

How is your place of business?
a. It is highly accessible?
b. Accessibility is limited?
c. It is not accessible?
2. Are you considering or would you consider any improvements to wheelchair accessibility?
a. Yes
b. Not right now.
3. If you answered "Yes" to the previous answer, which improvements would you consider?
a. Vehicle access and parking
b. Entrance door automation
c. Ramps/lifts
d. Improve store layout to accommodate wheelchair mobility
4. How would you cover the costs for wheelchair accessibility improvements?
a. I would pay for it without any financial assistance
b. I would apply for any grants or funding to cover all the costs
c. I would want grants or funding to cover all the costs
5. Do you have anything else to say about wheelchair accessibility (suggestions)?
6. Bar/clubs are responsible to stop selling a person drinks if they're gonna drive home. Why cant businesses be held responsible for people who are in handy capped parking stall without a official handy capped placard.
7. Should the government in forced the accessibility laws more.
8. Only about half of Edmonton bus stop shelter are wheel accessible.
9. Is your washroom accessible for all people who used wheels.
10.Does your Interact cord stretch long enough to accommodate for people who used wheels or and a wheelchair.

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

great job..

Now, this is a good park job.. look, how well some educated people treat disabled parking ramps, very good job.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Another letter to BW

You guy's said you would fix the missing link in your sidewalk 2 years ago, it not dangerous in the summer.. So, I never used my big guns. but, now summer is ending and it will be un-safe for me or anyone who uses wheels to try and make it the sidewalk again. Because my worker and I have not seen any improvement, on your properties 69th street sidewalk. My people want me to do this by the book, so I'm starting with a letter,
I'd like some help, may I ask you to call Boardwalk Rental Communities at 1 800 310 9255 and ask they they will not link their sidewalk up to the Cities sidewalk on 69th Ave, Seeing that Tim even got the City to build a crosswalk with lights for access to the Edmonton public library.
The taxpayers paid for the great crosswalk with lights, so lets not let it go to waste..

help out Brian

Brian:  This particular stretch of sidewalk needs to be repaired now ,during the summer before the weather gets bad. I think that a smooth asphalt surface should be applied like that which already exists on the stretch of sidewalk where ETS bus stop #5963 is located. The asphalt surface is smooth and comfortable for wheelchair transporation.  In the winter the sidewalk from along the west side of 178 street from 76 Avenue to 69 Avenue is not properly cleared of snow fro the entire winter even when I make a phone call to the city to correct it. The city does not clear the snow nor enforce the bylaw to clear that section of sidewalk for the entire winter. as a result the sidewalk is impossible to use as wheelchair transportation.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

T.v. interview

My interview went good.. one more step to help Edmontons wheel users, parents pushing baby strollers, people with walking devices, or people like me in wheelchairs.
mightywheels.ca

Monday, 15 June 2015

Edmonton



The City installs disabled parking zones on public property in front of residences and businesses. Parking zones are typically 7.5-10m long, which accommodates one vehicle. Anyone displaying a valid Province of Alberta disabled parking placard can use a disabled parking zone. It is not designated fo…


EDMONTON.CA

Sunday, 14 June 2015

For the people

I work for a wheel accessibility team, called Mightywheels.ca We help people who use wheels like parents pushing baby strollers, people with walking devices, or people like me in wheelchairs. We also have a website. We have a consern with Shopper Drug Marts handy parking stall we need lined painted and the parking stall cement cut to proper size..


trying to help

Come on people, this its for everyone, we all could be in this situation, and I'm trying to help.

mightywheel.ca

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Our streets and sidewalks are not good.

Linda Godinn says i use a mobility scooter and have a hard time with all the curbs in city. I find I have to travel on the streets alot. some sidewalks are worst then the streets.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Working hard every day

We would like your support, as the Mightywheels.ca team assists Edmonton, Alberta to better it's accessibility for people who use wheels. Please help this idea grow.

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Vaid

Yesterday I brought my Transitions worker to Callingwoods new Shopper's Drug Mart to make a valid complaint about lines needed to be painted for the handy capped parking stall and entry. that was not first I complained. They said said that they would do some about it. and that was Friday June the 5th 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Who will

When I'm died and gone, who's going to do what I do? that's why i would like some help to build up Mightywheels.ca better and carry on the battle for equal accessibility.

Sunday, 31 May 2015

Kale J Hawley

I watched a mother struggle to push her daughters wheelchair to the school the other day. No point on her crossing the street on corner of stony plain red just to walk up three blocks to switch back to the side she was originally on

No complaining

I'm in a wheelchair all my friend who use wheels kept complaining about how bad the road are. so, instead of complaining with them, I took a stand and started up a project to help people who us wheels be able to have equal accessibility.

Thursday, 28 May 2015

Krazy

I agree, I challenge the laws more then most people who use wheels do, but that's only to improve the them for us all.
Timothy Maxwell's
Wheel accessibility team
Mightywheels.ca

Spiritual awakening

I created Mightywheels.ca for everyone, parents pushing baby strollers, people with walking devices, or people like me in wheelchairs. Why don't people understand one person complaining about how bad the roads are doesn't work, it takes a team of people, power in numbers, so lets stop being treated unfair and merge to get our intersections, sidewalks and sidewalk ramps repaired.

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Almost

This is the second time I almost got ran-over, why you ask because my landlord will not pave a link of sidewalk, their sidewalk doesn't link up with the city's sidewalk. I encouraged the city to build a crosswalk with lights thinking my landlord would add the sidewalk 70" link with out Mightywheels.ca having to pressure them into doing whats right for their tenants, without the them paving the link of sidewalk we are forced to walk on the road.

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Action

My names Timothy Maxwell, I use wheels, I created Mightywheels.ca to help my friends who use wheels challenge the ugly intersections, sidewalks and sidewalk ramps. Through my life, high-school, collage I've learned that one person challenging our problem can easily be over looked, because they are not in that position. It takes a team of people wheeled or not.  Come join my battle we want equal accessibility.

I will dedicate my time and money to this cause.

Please drop me a line and become involved with us.

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

A letter

Hi John Carson, leader of the The N.D.P. party, my names Tim I volunteered for Steve Thomsan because he was right in my neighborhood and it was more accessible for me. 

I started a team of wheeled and non-wheeled members called Mightywheels, all I want to do is help. We stand up for all people who use wheels and help them navigate through the city. We will bring attention to poor surface areas, so that everyone can access the beautiful city. This free service can be used by anyone, parents pushing baby strollers, people using walking devices or wheelchairs. Our mission is to help bring attention to difficulties people face every day, such as poor surface areas, poor city intersections, poor sidewalks, sidewalk ramps, and non-accessible places of business.

We want equal accessibility, so we can all access our beautiful city.
  

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Access

A accessibility team, that brings attention to issues that people who use wheels face every day. To access Mightywheels you can..

enter mightywheels.blogspot.ca

enter mightywheels.ca

enter mightywheels.org

And to Email us tldmaxwell@gmail.com or Tim@mightywheels.ca


Sunday, 5 April 2015

Uplifting email

Tim there’s is no need for you to thank me, what you are doing not only helps you to cope but more so helps all of us who look at/go to your page and hear about what you are doing!!!!! Most def an inspiration brother!!!!! Happy Easter Bro!!!!

Timothy Maxwell
Mightywheels.blogspot.ca

Friday, 13 March 2015

Share Edmonton

http://t.co/NmhzzFBIb3

Tim ask's these 5 questions?

Are you a parent pushing a baby stroller, a person with a walking device, or a person in a wheelchair?

1. How do you feel city intersections, sidewalks, and sidewalk ramps are maintained in your city?

2. Which areas in the city are well maintained? What areas are not well maintained?

3. On a scale of 1 to 10. How safe do you feel it is using wheels in your neighborhood?

4. If you answered 6 or lower, what could be done to improve the safety for those using wheels?

5. If you answered 7 or higher, what makes your neighborhood safe for people who use wheels?

Sunday, 8 March 2015

We want to hear from you.

Mightywheels is interested in interviews you on how city intersections sideways and sidewalk ramps are for you. if you would be interested please contact tldmaxwell@gmail.com

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Mightywheels

My Mightywheels team is more about people who use wheels. Like mother's pushing strollers, people using walking devices, or people using wheelchairs. I am focused on getting the city's intersections, sidewalks, and sidewalk ramps in better shape, so all wheel users will have a safer journey.

Saturday, 28 February 2015

City Map idea

I really would like to get you guys to help with this city map I have.

It's a city map posted on my blog showing good and bad surface areas and safe places to wheel, it will be updated weekly

It sounds like a project the city would get behind and give a grant to

From,
Timothy Maxwell
tldmaxwell.blogspot.ca



Friday, 27 February 2015

Phone interview

I'm off air at 12:30, we'll do the interview there.

I just completed a phone interview with Kirby Boume from 880news
actual interview @ http://www.630ched.com/2015/02/28/45349/?sc_ref=twitter

Small, set back

The person who was going to assist me with "The city map"  can not now

I'm really hoping someone will step up, and take over his idea, because it was a great idea.

please email.. tldmaxwell@gmail.com


Mightywheels team is working on a map of our city. Showing  all people who use wheels in Edmonton good and bad areas to wheel in. This map with be updated weekly. If you have any suggestions for this endever.. please email us. tldmaxwell@gmail.com

Thursday, 26 February 2015

Preasentaion

          I gave a presentation to Transitions St. Alberta and their Jump start class.

     Hello, my name is Timothy Maxwell, and my mission is to help people who use wheels.  I'm an independent advocate for people that use wheels. I’m running a team of helpers called Mightywheels.

Because, when I first started using wheels, I noticed many poor surface areas and wanted to create an internet blog to help other people who use wheels. The city has made many improvements, but there is much to do.  Help is still needed for everyone, from parents pushing baby strollers, the elderly with their walking devices, or people like me, in wheelchairs.

So, I went back to school to learn how to create a team of people that could help me with my endeavor, I call this Mightywheels. The teams objective is to raise awareness to the problems people who use wheels face everyday. These include poor surface areas on city intersections, poor  sidewalks and sidewalk ramps, and non-accessible places of business. 

It is Mightywheels mission to work with
all businesses to try and find ways to make them more wheel friendly. That way, all customers will have improved accessibility.

                                  We want equal accessibility, so we can all access our beautiful city.

Video: Mightywheels presentation..

Thursday, 19 February 2015

Help is needed

Mightywheels needs your help getting our word out, about the Mightywheels Blog, well, it's really more then one word.

We need help with our advertising, marketing and the goal it self, trying to make our city a better place to roll in.

please email.. tldmaxwell@gmail.com

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Help us, help others

We started a new age of helping people who use wheels. The Accessibility Age.
for all people, parents pushing baby strollers, to the elderly with their walking devices, or people like me, in wheelchairs. We all need good, intersections, safe sidewalk, sidewalk ramps to use.

Help us, help others

mightywheels.blogspot.ca

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Twinkle, Twinkle little star

The more that people are aware of the Mightywheels, the more the Mightywheels can help.

Help us, help others.

mightywheels.blogspot.ca

Friday, 6 February 2015

4th interview

Tim's interview starts at 15:17 to approximately 17:11...Scroll ahead...

http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Edmonton/ID/2651815951/

Email feedback from my last interview

Your interview on TV the other night both inspired me and angered me....

 You are a wonderful person.  You are helping others, have such a positive attitude and are just trying to do the best you can.

 I wish I could say the same about our City.  Timing is everything...we were just notified that our aging sidewalks are due to be replaced.  However, this is the process the City has recently established.

 - The City selects 3-6 neighbourhoods each year for “renewal” (100 of the 300 neighbourhoods have been identified as being in need of complete replacement)

- Property owners are then informed that they are to pay 50% of the renewal cost.  (Reduction curbs would be  included in the project)

-The Property then vote on whether to pay the cost of the new sidewalks.  (average 50 ft lot would cost $3,242.92)

- If 51% petition against it, the project is cancelled.  The sidewalks are then temporarily repaired and the curb reductions do not get done.  

- If the owners can afford to pay, the sidewalk & curb reductions get done.

 I am astonished that the decision to replace Edmonton’s sidewalks/curbs is up to the property owners of the neighbourhoods and whether they can financially afford to do so.  I am from BC and cities there maintain & replace all their sidewalks on a regular basis and with no extra costs to the property owners.  In the last 20 years Edmonton has upgraded 30 neighbourhoods through this process.  That works out to 1.5 per year.  In 2009 a dedicated property tax of 1.5% was established for “Neighbourhood Renewal Projects.”  My question is, how much money do they need to finally make our sidewalks safe to travel on?

 I am meeting with City Hall and possibly our MLA today to ask some tough questions.  I will use the term “gross negligence”.  They have identified 100 neighbourhoods (plus how many business/park/public areas) of being in need of total replacement but do not have a proper plan in place.   After watching your broadcast I am amazed that you have not injured yourself yet.    

 You have given me the desire to push this matter even more.  I plan on finding out what the City’s mandate is on curb reductions and I will be asking until I get some answers.

 Did Rick Hansen not teach us anything!



Keep up the good work & safe travels Timothy!

Monday, 2 February 2015

My show idea

Mightywheels wants to film a free accessibility reality show, where my team and I ride the city's ETS bus around, finding poor surface areas non-accessible businesses, and bringing attention to them. and commending the one that are wheel friendly.

We'll need help to do this, any suggestions wold be greatly appreciated.

Friday, 30 January 2015

I believe

I have ruffled some feathers with businesses and property owners, therefore, many people have told me I'm pushing it. I believe I am not. People with disabilities are often not expected to master huge accomplishments in their lives, but I am not afraid to push the envelope, and I will not rest until my environment is accessible for people with wheels. In the meantime, I must give thanks to the kind people who offer to help others who use wheels, cross the street, when they are seen struggling.

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Wednesday, 21 January 2015

69th Ave.

The sidewalk behind bus stop 5758 is not cleared of snow and is not accessible for people who use wheels. I would like some confirmation, on why the city is NOT removing the snow from that block.

UPDATE*** A big thank-you from all wheel users to the city for clearing the snow around 5758! Much appreciated!