I find it sad to note that mobility scooters are not popular and even widely used and accessible in Japan, a country known for addressing accessibility and in creating a barrier free environment for the physically challenged (PWDs) as well as for the seniors, as evidenced by the laws and much of it in the design and make of its structures.
Awareness is key as well as its wide acceptability or usability among its people. But there is a “chicken or egg” thing i.e. which is first, the acceptability and recognition (of the government thru its laws) as a viable alternative device/tool or the use of it by a mass number of its citizens and others.
I use an automatic folding mobility scooter, easily maneuverable and quite handy to stir and navigate. When folded, it is compact and can easily fit the trunk of a regular or even a bantam car. I believe the huge US type of mobility scooters which are already ATVs (and those which are more of motorcycles in their functionality), would be of another classification. These compact devices (folding mobility scooters) would not restrain allowable spaces and overall design of structures fitted for wheelchairs…well at least to my understanding and observation. Particularly in my case, anything fitted for a wheelchair i can easily manage.
What about you if your using a mobility scooter? Appreciate your thoughts.
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