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Getting Around New York City on your Knee Walker

Turns out that your trip to New York City involves a little extra baggage than you might have originally anticipated: your knee walker. Whether you booked the trip before your foot accident or decided to take you and your healing ankle out for a weekend stroll around the Big Apple, you need to know how to get around NYC on your knee walker.

You may have plenty of questions on your mind right now. Is using your knee scooter the same as using crutches? Will you be able to see major tourist attractions without experiencing pain and discomfort? How will you handle transportation?


Luckily, if you’re worried about getting around NYC on your knee walker, we have all the answers you need. Here are a few tips on how to navigate the Big Apple with your knee scooter:

  1. Plan your visit around tourist attractions with elevators and disability access. Want to go to the top of the Empire State Building? Not a problem. Want to go ice-skating at Rockefeller Plaza? Maybe you should wait till next year.

  2. Try to skip public transportation in favor of taxi rides. While your knee walker certainly makes it easier to get onto the train, you don’t want to risk having your injured foot jostled by that annoying kid blasting music from his headphones. Your knee walker makes it easy to transition from walking to sitting, so use this to your advantage by taking cabs.

  3. Stick to the inside of sidewalks. This might seem like common sense advice, but trust us: you don’t want to be accidentally knocked off the sidewalk by a sudden influx of people. If you stick to the inside of the sidewalk (in other words, walk next to the storefronts) you should be able to get around the streets of NYC just fine.

Remember, your knee walker makes it much easier to take in all the sites that New York City has to offer. So whether you live here or just want to visit the Big Apple for the first time, your knee walker will make sure you experience the city that never sleeps without missing a beat.


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