News Archives - Mobility

Pedal-powered wheelchair

What better way to safeguard against the peril of a flat battery than this powered wheelchair equipped with a back-up power source? The back half of a lightweight bicycle has been attached to the wheelchair to allow a Good Samaritan to help out with pedal power should the batteries fail. Most mobility scooter and powered wheelchair users will prefer to…

Mobility scooter breakdown

A man whose mobility scooter broke down in Huddersfield town centre earlier this month was left stranded after local taxi firms were unable to take him home. The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports that Cleveroy Ritchie sat calling out for help in the rain – but even people who stopped to try and help him could do nothing. He eventually flagged…

Beautiful infrastructure puts people first

If it’s possible to beautify an electricity pylon, why shouldn’t all infrastructure be elegant? Indeed, when physical and organisational facilities exist to serve people, and most should, beauty should perhaps be an imperative. Iceland has commissioned highly sculptural electricity pylons that resemble giant human figures striding across the countryside. The metallic structures are a powerful metaphor for our consumption of…

Airbag hip protector

The proliferation of airbag technology has seen it move from car steering wheels to dashboards…and now belts. The Hip’Air is the first wearable airbag to prevent people from injuring their hips should they fall. If sensors within the device decide that the wearer is falling, bags that protect the hips are deployed in milliseconds. The human airbag is designed for…

“Quicker by bicycle than car” says 94-year-old

When I reach 94, I want to be like Ernest Slade. Not only is he blessed with a large and loving family, which extends to a great-great-grandson, but he leads such an active lifestyle that he regularly cycles four miles to a local lake where he sails a dinghy. We are proud to say that Ernest is our oldest cycle…