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Idling: A Transit Story

After a year of pondering and editing, we’re approaching the online release date of Idling: A Transit Story.

Idling: A Transit Story is an online documentary produced by Jeff Preston, chronicling the lack of accessible transportation in London, Ontario and across the province. Follow Jeff on his mission to bring about change the disabled population desperately needs by driving his wheelchair over 650km from his home in London, Ontario to the nation’s capital in Ottawa.

The documentary will be released in parts beginning on September 4th, 2009 with new chapters being released weekly. The full documentary will be available for free download from once all chapters have been released online.

By Jeffrey Preston

Born with a rare neuromuscular myopathy, Jeff has spent his life dedicated to advocating for himself and others with disabilities. With a PhD in Media Studies from Western University, Jeff's research focuses on the representation of disability in popular and digital culture. Jeff is currently an Assistant Professor of Disability Studies at King's University College @ Western University in London, ON.

One reply on “Idling: A Transit Story”

This seems to be a common theme right across the country! I’ve lived in NL, NS and ON. Here in St. John’s, NL although the accessible buses are there, no wheelchair users are allowed to use them! If the ramp was put out we would still be able to get onto the bus, and have our wheelchair’s secured on a lot of them, but they choose not to use them that way.

If you are a wheelchair user and want to use a bus you are directed to a door-to-door service that is so over capacity you have to book trips weeks in advance and hope there is a small chance you will actually get where you are going!