Public Transit: A Demographic Clash

Yesterday I went out and was at the Climate Strike for a while.

I am an agoraphobic, fearful of crowds and individual people.

I three times encountered people in wheelchairs.

The first, in the Climate Crowd, and I was overwhelmed and people were being careful about the dog beside the woman in the wheelchair. so I stood near the dog and talked to the woman, letting her know I was having a panic attack. so we chatted, both unable to move on our own as one of the people of a crowd

It was informative about particles and waves, the ebb and flow

After a while. I managed to move through and out of the crowd to the public transit station

where I waited for a second wheelchair person to get on the skytrain, only to have the doors close in front of me and despite my foot in the door, they did not bounce back and the mostly empty train left the station

There was another climate protestor who tried to open the door with her sign rather than a body part and I ended up getting her sign in my chest, no hard enough to bruise so not a concern

curiously a stranger told a Translink employee that the wheelchair person had been separated and it took me a moment to realize the employee thought I was distressed owing to the wheelchair person being on the train

I said I was not connected to that person, that I was having a panic attack and needed to have been on that mostly empty train

the employee assured that the wheelchair person was not in distress or separated from a caretaker, walked away

I kept calm and got on the next train to the Oakridge skytrain

where I waited for a bus and just as it was my turn to get on

a third wheelchair person arrived and the bus driver told me to get off the bus even though it was my turn and it would have been as easy to step into the bus than to order me off

I got off the bus and began walking and crying that I just wanted to get back home and out of the outside and away from people

I have no idea how many blocks I walked until I could see another bus stop where I waited

PTSD and social disorder is an invisible disability

and as an adult, I am never believed when I tell people anything

i am not okay and it is not for other people to decide that I am

Translink and The Last Straw

Posted on March 21, 2017by dykewriter

custrel@translink.ca Jan 20   Dear Ms. Tryggvason: Thank you for your continued correspondence regarding your concerns with groups distributing materials at transit stations. As previously stated TransLink is obligated to balance passengers’ rights to safety, security and access to stations … Continue reading →

Translink and BC Human Rights

Posted on February 28, 2017by dykewriter

custrel@translink.ca Jan 20 to me Dear Ms. Tryggvason: Thank you for your continued correspondence regarding your concerns with groups distributing materials at transit stations. As previously stated TransLink is obligated to balance passengers’ rights to safety, security and access to … Continue reading →

Translink: Second Level

Posted on November 21, 2016by dykewriter

Dominick, Kelly <Kelly.Dominick@translink.ca> Nov 18 (3 days ago) to me Hello Ms. Tryggvason, Thank you for your reply and request for further clarification on the matter of religious materials being distributed on TransLink property. As Customer Information explained, in 2001, … Continue reading →

HRC: Translink

Posted on November 8, 2016by dykewriter

Dear Nina Tryggvason, Thank you for your comments regarding the distribution of religious material at SkyTrain Stations. We understand your comments and concerns, however distribution of printed material for non-commercial purposes on our system is an issue of Freedom of … Continue reading →

Dear Translink re: The JWs

Posted on April 15, 2016by dykewriter

It is not legal for religious people to be on translink property and push any religion. it is loitering and lacking in any lawful business to be on the property. It is harassing people. It is harassing people by virtue … Continue reading →

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5 Responses to Public Transit: A Demographic Clash

  1. Hope you were OK when you eventually got home. You aren’t disabled – look you can walk! I think you should get a support animal. Something that will bite a chunk out of those idiots.

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