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Mobility scooters

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Cuchilo, 13 Jan 2018.

  1. BoldonLad

    BoldonLad Senior Member

    Location:
    South Tyneside
    Interesting.

    Something similar I have observed, on frequent visits to France (and some other mainland Europe countries), is, they seem to have far fewer "disabled" parking bays in Supermarket Carparks, and, indeed, in Public Carparks.

    This is not a scientific observation, merely an observation, when compared to my local retail centre and supermarket, in the area in which I live.

    I am not making any judgement on why this may be so, but, since the population of France is similar in size to the UK, the age profile is similar, why the apparently large discrepancy?

    One possible explanation is that the French, perhaps, historically, had a more Agricultural Economy than ourselves, with proportionately fewer people engaged in heavy industry (I am not saying this is the case, I simply don't know, I saying it may be a possible explanation).

    Another none scientific observation. At present, myself and Mrs @BoldonLad, are visiting Colchester. When we enquired at the reception area of our accommodation, how far it was to the Town Centre, we were told "about 1 mile, most of our English guests get a taxi, the French, Dutch etc walk". I assume they were using "English" in the general sense of "UK".

    Perhaps, there is a connection.

    We walked by the way (even although we do have concessionary bus passes) ;)
     
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    Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

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    I think its because the french eat disabled people , well , they eat everything else ......
     
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  3. Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    Medium rare or well done ?
     
  4. Dave7

    Dave7 Veteran

    Location:
    Cheshire
    I play golf every week......in the seniors section. There are several players who go round on mobility scooters.....slightly adapted to carry thier clubs.
    I think its a great idea. It gets them out and I enjoy thier company. Without those scooters thier lives would not be as rich.
    When the time comes I will not hesitate to get one.
     
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  5. twentysix by twentyfive

    twentysix by twentyfive Clinging on tightly

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    Over the Hill
    MiL has one. I got it off ebay for her some years ago. After a spell of her use I had to get new batteries. No trouble sorting that out. Only problem is her inability to drive it sensibly. I don't get involved in that part :wacko:. Anyway - it gives her a bit of a sense of independence as otherwise she needs Mrs 26 or AN Other to run her about.
     
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  6. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    Skegness has a high proportion of tandem mobility scooters, they do have problems in a few of the smaller shops it seems.
     
  7. simon.r

    simon.r Person

    Location:
    Nottingham
    Non judgemental me - they enable people with genuine health problems to get out and about and participate in normal life.

    Judgemental me - they’re an excuse for obese and/or lazy people to avoid walking.
     
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  8. screenman

    screenman Legendary Member

    As I said earlier, I think they are great for people that need them but why is the UK the largest buyer of these things.
     
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  9. queasyrider

    queasyrider Still perplexed

    I was in a shoe shop last year in a local "designer" shopping outlet, when a woman in a mobility scooter came in, not one of the small scooters. She got to the far corner, only knocking one or two shoe boxes over on the way, but then tried to turn a right angle corner and got stuck. She tried to go through, knocking whole shelves of boxes over, got stuck and then reversed taking whole displays out. We tried to help but she said she had it sorted. When she eventually got out the place looked like a bomb had hit it and the staff didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
     
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    Cuchilo

    Cuchilo Prize winning member X2

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    I took my mum in her wheelchair around york a few times over christmas and was quite amazed at how many times we couldnt get down a shop isle because it was obstructed by boxes or extra display stands . It wasnt hard to go around another way but then it wouldnt be hard for them to put the stuff somewhere else .
     
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    screenman Legendary Member

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    Cuchilo

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  14. BoldonLad

    BoldonLad Senior Member

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    No me either.

    The two I know must be figments of my imagination.
     
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  15. Stephenite

    Stephenite Membå

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    OslO
    The bloke across the road has mobility issues and has had a mobility scooter for the past couple of years. His wife has been using it in this time to take their kid to kindergarten and to go to the shops, etc. Some people are just very lazy.

    Reading through the thread I must add that there are plenty of mobility scooters and handicapped provision here in Norway. Why there may not be in France i couldn't say.
     
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