Social Distancing and Mobility Equipment

If you've managed to get out, even just a little, you'll have done the pavement dance! The unsure movement whilst waiting to see who is going to move 2 meters away and in what direction. Sure the roads are a lot quieter, as fewer people travel, but how on earth do you do this whilst riding your mobility scooter or using your power chair? It's a struggle that many of our customers are facing, and even more people from around the country are sharing their frustration online.

Having to squeeze past a dozy parker, or a wheelie bin is a common act when using, or pushing, mobility equipment. With new social distancing guidelines, pavement users are having to give up more space between themselves, something that is almost impossible in much of the country. People such as David Hunter are finding it impossible to give enough space given the size of pathways and other accessibility struggles. 

In fact, as Linda Bamford points out, between poorly designed pavements and inconsiderate members of the public it is almost impossible to maintain social distancing measures correctly, putting peoples health at risk, and in many situation leading to them giving up going out in the current climate. 

Not everyone can go as far as buying the best mobility scooter for social distancing, and the last thing we want is for people to not be able to get outside. So spare a thought for those using mobility equipment and make sure social distancing is observed at all times. In some situations it is impossible for people suffering with mobility issues to move aside for you.

Perhaps it is time for councils to put more thought into pathways and make it easier for distancing rules to be observed and offer alternative routes. No one wants to squeeze perilously close to a curb or wall at the best of times, but in these times it is far more important. No one wants to be left isolated because the pathways are not wide enough.