A Word In Your Ear - September 11, 2014

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They were a bit of a nuisance when they first appeared on streets. Our window cleaner was knocked off his ladder by a badly driven one. Some raced silently past you on the pavement, like kids on BMX bikes.

They were a bit of a nuisance when they first appeared on streets. Our window cleaner was knocked off his ladder by a badly driven one. Some raced silently past you on the pavement, like kids on BMX bikes.

Now there’s so many battery-charged scooters – along with all-purpose pushchairs – they block busy pavements. However, they have also revitalised life for many users.

My mother-in-law, who we might soon nickname Wandering Wynne, loves hers.

“Oh, it’s changed my life, dear,” she said, “quite wonderful!”

Wynne always enjoyed getting out and about but had a fall and hip replacement then some knee trouble. Now she can nip out easily again to stores, explore further into town or pop down to enjoy Stanley Park. She first tried a scooter at Llandudno on a coach trip. Wynne and friend Lorraine never looked back, zipping round the hilly resort with the speed and agility of teenagers.

Perhaps it reminded her of adventures abroad in Sri Lanka, when she whizzed round shopping streets in a three-wheeled tuk-tuk taxi driven by the oddly named but stately King Edward. (He was christened after our late king, rather than a potato.)

Wynne has not decorated her scooter with travel-stickers, badges or flags. She is more discreet. The biggest of the range aren’t, with models called ‘President’ with big headlights for roads and ‘cow-horn’ handlebars like Harley-Davidsons.

Some users also have a cute, little dog aboard.

However, there are 
also abuses. I’ve seen a couple of scooters racing two abreast down the carriageway, obstructing motorists like some thoughtless horse riders.

There are younger, often obese, users who appear nippy enough when they get off but, like some golfers, prefer wheels to their own feet.

However, it’s worth those few exceptions for the joy scooters bring to so many otherwise cruelly restricted.

Let’s wave them on, with a smile. 


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