San Francisco: Disabled Needs
Disabled visitors are well catered for in San Francisco, with reserved parking available free of charge providing you display a disabled badge in the car. It is also one of the few American cities that has taxis that offer disable access. Even the Island of Alcatraz now has disabled access. Disabled visitors to San Francisco’s most major public places have ramps, wide doors, lifts and other wheelchair provisions. BART trains can be accessed by a lift and the Muni buses have wheel-chair access.
If you plan to rent a car, contact the rental company for written proof of their policies towards disabled drivers. The car hire company should be able to give you directions to the local county office so you can claim a visitor’s disabled driver badge. However, you may need to wait a few hours to collect your badge. Many of the popular attractions, such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Golden Gate Park and Alcatraz, are accessible by wheel-chair.