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Why are tandem mobility scooters illegal?

Tandem mobility scooters are no different from a conventional driver-only model, other than their stretched chassis and additional seat. However, they are not currently legal to use on British roads or pavements. According to the Department for Transport: Tandem mobility scooters cannot legally be used on pavements or roads in Britain. In law, a mobility scooter and a powered wheelchair are…

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…