"My life would be very different indeed if it wasn’t for my scooter. I was somewhat reluctant to admit that I was forced to use a scooter to get around. I found it very embarrassing to change from walking with crutches to riding on a scooter, when I could no longer walk any appreciable distance. That “feeling” has certainly changed. It was a choice between staying at home or continuing my daily routines on a scooter. I enjoyed the outdoors, shopping etc., too much to consider a life spent mostly indoors.
Scooter life has opened a new world for me - I recommend the use of a scooter to anyone who experiences difficulty with walking.
“Scootering” has been a way of life for me since 1995. I have in that time operated three and four wheel scooters and each has its advantages. Four wheel scooters allow more stability, but they certainly do not have the desirable turning radius that the three wheel scooters have. They allow you to maneuver more comfortably in tight quarters. As for accessories, much depends on where and when one plans to use the scooter. In my experience, I have found that a generous sized basket (carrier), a flag and a rear view mirror serve a very good purpose.
Since entering the scooter scene I have enjoyed a vehicle battery powered lift attached to the rear of my van. This simple to operate feature has made it possible for me to go most anywhere. Most airlines will take your scooter without an extra charge, and most ferries that load vehicles will park your vehicle so that you can access an elevator, allowing you to enjoy all the amenities they have to offer. I have also experienced that most public washrooms will accommodate a scooter very comfortably. The city of Victoria is especially friendly to scooter operators- the sidewalks are all ramped and most buildings (office & retail) have ramps or street level entrances. Many even have electric operated doors activated by a very reachable touch pad. One of the gratifying gestures that I have experienced, is the general public readiness and anxiousness to assist a person on a scooter.
I love my scooter and the life it has afforded me with my physical limitations. If you are burdened with a disability that doesn’t allow you to enjoy mobility, I highly recommend that you consider the use of a scooter. It will add new dimension to your life and best of all it is very easy and safe to operate. The staff at most scooter outlets are willing and anxious to assist you in choosing the right scooter for you. They will even come to your place of residence. Your life will take on new meaning when you tackle your mobility problems, and the use of a scooter is certainly one of the ways."