Originally Posted by SueM loves WDW
This is a picture of my daughter in her wheelchair secured in the DME accessible bus.
Each bus has at least 2 wheelchair spots ; seats can be moved to make a space for a wheelchair.
Seeing the picture made me think of a couple of things to point out.
You can see some yellow stars on the wheel spokes and some of the flat black parts of the frame. You can only see a few of them, but they are actually on both sides of all the spokes.
Those are glow in the dark stickers. They were actually part of a set to make glow in the dark constellations on your ceiling and have held up quite well on the wheelchair.
They glow in dark queues, dark rides and at night. They are not bright or obtrusive, but provide a nice 'there is something there in the dark' marking for the wheelchair.
We also have a set of lights that we put on - purple and aqua. Again not bright, but makes the wheelchair more visible.
The neon green duct tape is marking the safe points for bus drivers to attach the tiedown hooks and straps on the bus. My daughter's manual wheelchair does not have built in tiedown points (her power wheelchair does). We picked out safe spots when she got the manual chair and marked them with duct tape.
Safe spots are welded on parts of the actual wheelchair frame - not anything that is bolted on ( although some wheelchairs come with tiedown loops bolted on, those are attached with stronger bolts designed for that purpose). You want 4 spots - 2 near the front, 2 at the rear and you want them as high up as possible on the frame. In my daughter's case, anything that is bright fuschia paint is part of the frame. Anything black is not.
Marking them saves time and makes things safer. I can just say 'you can attach the tiedowns where ever you see green tape' - no need to do a lot of explaining about which cross bar you mean and if the driver tries to put the hook somewhere you know is not safe, you can direct them back to the green tape.
(I have had drivers who are used to the more standard folding wheelchairs try to attach hooks just below the push handles because it is a high up spot. Maybe safe on a standard heavy duty folding chair because it is part of the frame. Not safe at all on my daughter's custom chair where the seatback folds forward to fold.
The tape markings are also useful for CMs in attractions with tiedowns, like the Safari and Toy Story Mania.