Safety tips for Mobility Scooters

Safety tips for Mobility Scooters
city of victoria
Safety Tips for Mobility Scooters
Safe choices begin with
your choice of scooter
Before buying a scooter, check
with an occupational therapist or
physiotherapist to ensure that the
model you select best meets your
needs. Most suppliers will bring
different scooters to you so that
you can try them before making
your purchase.
Three-wheel scooters are designed
for maximum manoeuvrability
and are mainly used indoors.
Four-wheel models are more stable
and recommended for outdoor use
where you are likely to encounter
uneven terrain.
Considerations when
purchasing your scooter
Before you purchase a scooter,
consider the following elements:
• Size: Consider ease of operation,
turning ability, suitability of the
wheel size for the terrain you will be
travelling on (indoors, outdoors or
both), the size of elevator doors and
the width of hallways and doorways
at the places you travel frequently.
• Power: How far can you travel before
the battery needs re-charging?
• Braking System: How long does it
take to stop the scooter?
• Parking/Storage: Where will the
scooter be stored? Is there an
electrical outlet available in the
storage area for charging your
scooter?
Transporting your scooter
• It is important to choose
a scooter that can be
transported easily. Ask the
vendor the following:
• Can it be transported by car,
van or taxi?
• Does it require
disassembling in order to
be transported in the trunk
of a vehicle?
• Is it transportable by
transit or HandyDART?
The maximum outside dimensions
recommended
by BC Transit are:
Length: 122 cm (48 in)
Width: 61 cm (24 in)
Weight: 364 kg (600 lbs)
• Does it have anchors so it can be
tied down in a taxi, transit bus or
HandyDART vehicle?
Want to practice getting on the bus
with your scooter? HandyDART
offers training sessions for using your
scooter or other mobility aid.
Learn to use your scooter
It is essential to know how to operate
your scooter before venturing out
into the public. Begin by practicing
in a quiet parking lot. Once you feel
comfortable, find a friend who will travel
with you on foot or scooter for your first
few trips.
For more information:
City of Victoria, Transportation Section
T 250.361.0300
E engineering@victoria.ca
1 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC V8W 1P6 | w
ww.victoria.ca/transportation
Make sure you read the manual and
any other safety information that may
be supplied with your scooter.
Obey traffic rules for pedestrians
A person using a motorized scooter
is classified as a pedestrian. When
you are operating your scooter on a
roadway, you must obey all the rules
for pedestrians such as:
• Use sidewalks wherever possible.
If there are no sidewalks or if
sidewalks do not have scooter
accessible curb cuts, travel on the
far left side of the road facing traffic.
• Cross at pedestrian crosswalks.
Come to a full stop and check for
traffic before crossing.
• If there is no crosswalk available,
stop, look both ways, and proceed
only when all approaching vehicles
have come to a full stop.
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• Make eye contact with motorists
and pedestrians and confirm their
intention to stop before crossing
their path.
• Obey all traffic control signs
and devices.
• Operation of scooters in bicycle
lanes is prohibited.
Be a courteous pedestrian
• Keep to the right of the sidewalk
and travel at the same speed as
pedestrians. Avoid travelling too
closely behind or obstructing them.
If passing slower moving pedestrians
avoid using your horn and ask
people to let you pass.
• If you meet a friend on the
sidewalk, pull to the side to let other
pedestrians pass.
• Use caution when crossing store
fronts. Be aware of pedestrians
who could walk into you as they
are leaving the building.
Know your area
Get familiar with the most navigable
routes in your neighbourhood.
Be aware of the locations of curbs
that do not have curb cuts or streets
that do not have sidewalks so you can
avoid these routes.
Allow yourself plenty of time.
You may need to take an alternative
route if unforeseeable circumstances
arise, such as closed sidewalks
or construction.
Be visible
Be aware that when you are traveling
by scooter you are at a height
disadvantage to the other users of the
road and sidewalk. Make sure you
and your scooter have the following
safety features:
• Brightly coloured and/or reflective
clothing
• Reflective strips on front, sides and
back of scooter
Practice safety at ramps
and curb cuts
• Light on front of scooter
Take curb cuts, driveways and ramps
head on and always drive on the
most level area of the curb cut, even
if it means moving outside of the
crosswalk lines. Driving sideways
on a curb cut puts you at risk of
tipping over.
• Fluorescent orange bike flag
attached to the back seat of
the scooter
• Light on back of scooter
For more information:
City of Victoria, Transportation Section
T 250.361.0300
E engineering@victoria.ca
1 Centennial Square, Victoria, BC V8W 1P6 | w
ww.victoria.ca/transportation
Be prepared for unexpected
circumstances
Carry a cell phone and phone
numbers in case you encounter
unexpected circumstances.
In an emergency situation, attract
the attention of passers-by and ask
them to phone for help. Dial “911”
for emergency assistance.
Accessible Transit Services
Two types of accessible transit service
are offered in Victoria: door-to-door
handyDART service and fixed route
service. Fixed route service includes
both low floor and lift-equipped
community buses on fixed routes and
schedules. Contact Victoria Regional
Transit directly for more information.
www.transitbc.com/regions/vic/
accessible
BC Transit Mobility Aid Orientation
250.385.2551
HandyDART Orientation
250.727.7881
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