Going from a folding to a rigid wheelchair - using taxis — Scope | Disability forum
Find out how to let us know if you're concerned about another member's safety.

Going from a folding to a rigid wheelchair - using taxis

wheels1991 Member Posts: 1 Listener
Hi all 
Was hoping for some advice. I am 28 years old, have cerebral palsy and have an independent active life, using a manual wheelchair.

I've been through a whole plethora of folding wheelchairs and have never really been happy with their durability. After a year and a half it always seems to be at the end of the road.

For easier pushing and better durability, I'm very tempted to go for a rigid wheelchair next time. But, living in a big city, I use a lot of Ubers and taxis to get around. I'm wondering therefore if a rigid wheelchair is just storing up trouble for myself? 

Has anyone made this transition and has experiences to share? Love to know too if you love your chair and can recommend it!

Many thanks


  • Lydia92
    Lydia92 Member Posts: 7 Connected
    A rigid char is a lot harder to put in a car boot - unless you take the wheels off! Taking the wheels off is easy and then put the rigid frame on the seat next to you or in the boot.

    I appreciate what you're saying about the durability of folding chairs though. I always had bits falling off mine whereas my rigid chair is much more sturdy.

    Let me know what you decide.
  • Richard_Scope
    Richard_Scope Posts: 3,104

    Scope community team

    Hi @wheels1991
    I live with CP and have used rigid wheelchairs for the majority of my adult life. Rigid frames can be awkward in hatchback vehicles but it's not impossible. They are far superior to folding chairs. I use black cabs through an app
    Specialist Information Officer and Cerebral Palsy Programme Lead

    'Concerned about another member's safety or wellbeing? Flag your concerns with us.

    Want to tell us about your experience in the community? Talk to our chatbot and let us know. 


Complete our feedback form and tell us how we can make the community better.