When you shop, you’re often in the rear seat of a big car, but this weekend the owners of a shop in Brisbane are trying to change that.
The shop in the suburb of Epping is called The Backseat of A Car and is part of a larger campaign by the NSW government to get more people to get into the car, including those in wheelchairs.
Key points:The new “Backseat of Australia” campaign aims to make the back seat of cars more accessibleThe NSW Government wants to encourage people to buy their first car from a wheelchair userThe back seat isn’t just for the driver or passengerThe owners say it’s the best way to relax and get away from itAll the bikes and scooters in the shop are wheelchair accessible, but the owners say a few of the bikes are too small and not quite wide enough for someone who has a full-sized wheel.
They want to make a few changes to help make the front seat of the car more accessible, and have launched a website, www.backseat.com.au, to promote the campaign.
“We are really excited about the new ‘Backseat’ campaign,” said Tony Karp, co-founder of The Backspace, an online shop where wheelchair users can buy their own bikes.
“It’s the first step in the right direction towards a more accessible and comfortable place for people to be.”
The campaign has already generated some attention.
“I was sitting in a wheelchair on the back of my mother’s car, I was just staring at the ground and it just made me want to go buy something,” said one woman.
“The new back seat has just opened up the whole shop, we can now sit in it and it’s just a great experience.”
Another woman said she was looking forward to the new features.
“You can sit in the frontseat and you can have a beer or something like that,” she said.
“And it’s a little bit easier than sitting in the driver’s seat.”
The NSW government is also working on a new initiative called ‘Backdoor Access’, where people will be able to buy a new car with a wheelchair from the back.
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