Navigating through the busy streets of London can be difficult at the best of times, this can be made more difficult by using mobility equipment.
Perhaps the biggest problem with using mobility equipment in London is the lack of pavement space available, especially in the rush hour crush. This being said, it is essential to pick a model that is easy to manoeuvre and navigate through busy streets.
Things to consider
The idea of mobility equipment is to make things easier and comfortable for the user, so it is essential to know exactly what you want from your equipment. Is it that you want to collapse it with ease? Or is it that you want an extensive battery life? Our smart mobility solutions ensure that you don’t have to compromise comfort in order to get practicality.
Speed can be an issue when using mobility equipment in London. Powered wheelchairs and electric scooters must not travel faster than 4 mph (6 km/h) on pavements or in pedestrian areas. This means the speed of your scooter should not be your primary concern when buying mobility equipment in a city environment.
What do we Recommend?
TGA Minimo Autfold
The TGA Minimo Autfold is one of the best solutions we have to offer.
This mobility scooter will automatically fold itself. By pressing the button on the side of the handlebars and applying pressure onto the foot pedal this will allow the scooter to open and close with ease.
Alongside its automatic folding system this scooter boasts a 10 mile battery range on a 4 speed system, it’s ergonomic design means the only thing you should have to focus on is the direction you’re heading.
Whill Model C
The Whill Model C power chair offers the perfect solution to navigation issues that you may face in London.
The front wheels have a unique omni-wheel design which allows the wheel to spin on the spot without changing the direction of the wheel, the benefit of this is that your feet will no longer get caught up within the caster wheels like other models. This design allows the Whill to have a turning circle of just 76cm.
One of the many other additional benefits of this chair is that it is fully adjustable, from the height of the seat and arms to the width of the seat and the angle of the back support which ensures you can achieve the most comfortable position available
Perhaps the best feature of this equipment is that it can come apart into three sections for transportation or storage and features which is a great feature to have in London, especially if there is a need to regularly transport it. Once again its ultra-lightweight Lithium battery gives this chair an impressive 10 mile range.
Additionally, the model C can also be controlled remotely by a smartphone through the use of an app. This feature is ideal for a carer to safely assist with the operating of the chair for any rider who may need it.
Mobility Equipment in London
To conclude, when buying equipment to use in central London there are 3 main things you need from your mobility equipment;
A powerful battery – Nothing is worse than the thought of breaking down with no way of getting yourself home, Therefore it is essential that you have a high power lithium battery that is guaranteed to get you home.
Size – Striking a perfect balance between being comfortable and practical can be difficult, negotiating busy streets can not be done efficiently if your mobility equipment takes up a large proportion of the pavement.
Storability – No one wants to have a piece of equipment that is going to take up more room than it needs to when in storage. Therefore An easy to use collapse mechanism and an ability to be tucked away are key.
The products discussed above are what we recommend but in the end it falls down to what you want from your mobility equipment. If its practicality in a busy environment then these are some of the best solutions we have to offer.
If you have any questions or queries, please do get in touch with our friendly team. Call us on 0208 304 1992; we are always ready and waiting to support you where we can.