Accessible Buses in Lagos?
The local bus service in Lagos is named A Onda or translated the Wave. There are ten lines each having its own color. When Constance and I first visited Lagos in 2011 we were very happy to use the local buses to explore the area. We got a bus card that could be topped up with journeys and visted local beaches and nearby villages. We did note that the service did not run very late into the evenings, exept in July and August. All in all the A Onda is a very good bus service.
When we moved to Lagos permanently in 2013 Constance had begun to develop mobilty issues. One of the factors in our decison to move here was that the buses were accessible to people with reduced mobilty, each bus fitted with a ramp to bring a wheelchair on board.
Our first home here in 2013 was on the outskirts of Lagos in Chinicato, we both got monthly bus passes and used the Aonda service frequently for everything, including trips to the supermarket, the health center, the historic center to peform and listen to music, going out for lunch and to enjoy the beaches. At this point Constance could still walk but was using a cane, she was able to board and exit the bus by herself.
In 2014 we moved into Lagos, shortly after Constances mobility was reduced and she now needs a wheelchair or a moblity scooter to get around, the accessibility of the buses became very important to her quality of life.
In the summer 2015 we were coming home from the historic center after a dinner out with friends, we all went catch the evening bus home and when it arrived the electronics on the ramp failed so Constance was unable to board the bus. The driver told us the ramp and been broken for a while and that ramps on other buses in the fleet were also broken. We were lucky that night, another bus came along later with a working ramp.