Ride up an escalator in a wheelchair

Technique for people who have strong arms


User rides up an escalator, filmed by Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation Stockholm

The user positions himself in front of the escalator with around 10 cm between the edge and the push rim. He rolls in toward the escalator so the drive wheels end up on a step. He holds on with both hands on the escalator handrail. When the steps are raised he leans forward. When the steps start to level off, he raises his upper body into an upright position, presses on the drive wheel with one hand to take the weight from the castors, while the other hand remains on the handrail.

Description of technique according to the book ‘Drivkraft’ [Driving force] by Ake Norsten, see below.

Users comments
It is good to begin with bent elbows to avoid changing the grip to correct for the speed of the handrail (which sometimes is faster than the stairs).

For a description of more driving techniques, see the book ‘Drivkraft körergononmi, rullstolsteknik & metodik’ [Driving force driving ergonomics, wheelchair techniques and methods] by Åke Norsten (in Swedish).
May be ordered from Spinalis, Rehabstation Stockholm via the Rehabstation website, www.rehabstation.se (last checked July 2017).

User rides up an escalator.
User rides up an escalator. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation Stockholm

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Tipsare: Staffan

Stafan livs in an apartment. He is working full time. Since birth he has low paraplegia. No assistance.