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On the Road with a Mobility Scooter

Portability is a factor in shopping for and selecting a mobility scooter or powered wheelchair. Besides possibly needing assistance in maneuvering around your own home, there are many places you can go with a mobility scooter or powered chair where you could not go otherwise without assistance. A powered chair or scooter gives you the independence to shop, vacation, visit relatives, and enjoy the outdoors. Where do you need to take your chair or scooter?

If you cannot drive your scooter or chair directly out of your front door, you will probably require a car or van that can carry the chair or scooter. Be sure to factor that into your travel plans. And you might still need some assistance getting in and out of the vehicle and onto your device.

There are many different styles of portable chairs and scooters. Some fold for ease of transport. Take into consideration how small a chair or scooter folds to fit into your vehicle. Others might need to be disassembled into several components and reassembled at your destination. This might also require the assistance of a helper. If your chair or scooter does not fold, you might need to install lifts or some other attachment on your vehicle.

Be sure to call ahead to your destination and inquire about how accommodating they might be to powered chairs or scooters. Fortunately, more and more venues are making themselves available to handle chairs or scooters. Some places you might go include:

  • Restaurants
  • Shopping malls or grocery stores
  • Airports and airlines
  • Cruise ships
  • Bus tours
  • Parks, zoos, or fairgrounds
  • Theaters or outdoor concerts
  • Sporting events

When you get to your destination, how far do you expect to have to go in your chair or scooter? Compact, folding mobile chairs or scooters might not have as much range as a full size scooter. Be sure the battery is fully charged before you leave home. Also make sure you know how long it takes to charge the battery. And one of your questions for your destination should concern accommodation for recharging your battery if necessary. In extreme cases, it might make sense to carry an extra, fully charged battery.

Even the most accommodating destination might still present challenges to a wheeled vehicle. Consider bringing along your own portable ramps for small obstacles like door sills. And if you’re going shopping or “hiking,” check to see if your chair or scooter can accommodate chair-attached back packs, shopping bags, or baskets. And for outdoor use, consider accessories that allow you to handle varying weather conditions, like showers or hot sun. Some devices can be equipped with sun shields, rain hoods, and holders for umbrellas or canes.

Santa Monica to Mobility Companies: Don't Innovate Here

Santa Monica's unique combination of weather, terrain, existing bicycle infrastructure, and affluent population provide the foundation necessary to test and demonstrate the viability of new mobility s...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:58:00 GMT



Newport Beach delays formalizing guidelines for shared electric scooters

After a nearly hour-long discussion on "shared mobility" - transportation, such as scooters, shared among multiple users and left in public places - the Newport Beach City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 14 ...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 15:26:00 GMT



Bird, Lime Deactivate Santa Monica E-Scooters for a Day to Protest Regulator Recommendations

Startups Bird and Lime halted electric-scooter rentals in Santa Monica, California, for a day to protest a recommendation by the city's Shared Mobility Device Selection Committee that could force them ...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 14:41:00 GMT



Bird and Lime deactivate scooter services in Santa Monica for a day in protest

"It's important to note that the city has not done anything to stop or suspend operations of shared mobility vendors," Farrell told The Times. "Those are decisions being made by the companies themselv...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 03:15:00 GMT



So far so good, city says of Salt Lake scooter issues

"And specifically to do so by making mobility more sustainable ... may lead to some of the same questions being asked of new ideas, like dockless electric scooters. Where do you leave it Why are ther...

Published:  Wed, 15 Aug 2018 20:01:00 GMT



Scooters set to Return to Santa Monica Tomorrow

In addition, City Manager Cole said that the Council has already considered scooters at their June 26 meeting when they approved the Shared Mobility Pilot Program. The decision now rests in the hands ...

Published:  Tue, 14 Aug 2018 19:27:00 GMT



Why Bird And Lime Turned Off Their Scooters In Santa Monica And Urged Riders To Rally

Anyone hoping to ride a Bird or Lime scooter in Santa Monica is out of luck Tuesday. The two companies took their own fleets offline to protest the possibility they might be shut out of the city's mob...

Published:  Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:00:00 GMT



Driving Innovation: Electric Mobility Scooter Market by Key Vendors: Energica Motor, Bayerische, EV Rider

Brooklyn, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/06/2018 -- Qyresearchreports include new market research report Electric Mobility Scooter to its huge collection of research reports. This report studies the global Elec...

Published:  Mon, 06 Aug 2018 15:48:00 GMT



Bird, Lime pull scooters from Santa Monica streets to rally public support

Only two scooter companies and two bike companies will be accepted. Each company was scored on a scale of one to 10 in seven categories such as experience operating shared mobility device systems, pro...

Published:  Tue, 14 Aug 2018 06:34:00 GMT



Scooters Shut Down in Santa Monica Today

Bird and Lime are shutting down scooters today plus organizing a rally outside City Hall protesting the City's potential omission of the companies in their Shared Mobility Pilot Program. Photo: Sam Ca...

Published:  Tue, 14 Aug 2018 13:55:00 GMT



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