Quadriplegic Man Embarks on Journey Across Washington
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A Washington state quadriplegic man just left for a 10-day expedition across the state to raise awareness of the need for trails and bike paths that are accessible to people traveling on wheels, Mashable reported.
It’s not only a problem for people in wheelchairs but also for those on bicycles as well as people pushing children in strollers, Mashable said.
Ian Mackay spends much of his time outdoors, enjoying nature, and knows all too well the challenges of getting around in a power wheelchair, Mashable reported.
Mackay, 34, left Saturday from Victoria, British Columbia, and will travel more than 300 miles to Portland, Oregon, which covers the whole length of Washington state, according to Mashable.
If a nature trail in Santa Cruz, Calif., had been more conducive to traveling via wheels, Mackay wouldn’t even be in a wheelchair today, Mashable reported. In June 2008, he was riding his bicycle home when he slid and lost control.
The 34-year-old man told Mashable that he crashed headfirst into a tree and broke his neck.
An organization that pushes for more accessible trails, Washington Bikes, connected Mackay to other cyclists in the region, who helped him plan his route, he told Mashable. But still, most of his journey will be on roads and highway shoulders.
"Anywhere I can get on a path or trail, I'm going to be on a path or trail," Mackay told Mashable. "But even me being visible on these roads and highways just highlights what I need more."
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