Geane Brown and BJ, on her shoulder, are a common sight in Warwick. She wants scooter-users to be given respect.
Geane Brown and BJ, on her shoulder, are a common sight in Warwick. She wants scooter-users to be given respect.

Scooter-users want understanding

FOUR wheels or three, mobility scooters are a common sight motoring around the Rose City, but one user hopes for greater patience and understanding from both the able and not-so-able.

The Daily News has received numerous phone calls about scooter usage after reported near-misses around the Rose City.

A few years ago, formerly avid push-bike rider Geane Brown tried to propel herself out of bed but was unable to gain momentum.

“I just couldn’t get out of bed and then I was handed a wheelchair,” Mrs Brown said.

Keen to get both sides of the scooter view, the Daily News asked Mrs Brown – often spied with pet cockatiel BJ on her shoulder – her view.

“Shopping and finding toilets are the worst,” she said.

“People just stand there and I say, ‘Excuse me, excuse me’ and they look down but they don’t see. I even blow the horn but they don’t move.

“Other scooters barge through the middle (of a crowd), but I’m very patient with people. I was brought up that way. That’s my way.”

She said in Victorian shopping centres there were speed limits in place for scooters.

“I think we should have speed limits here too because many of us go too fast,” Mrs Brown said.

“Some go about 5kmh round town but others (modelled scooters) can go as fast 12kmh and that’s pretty fast for a scooter.”

“We all need to look out for one another more.”

A Warwick Police spokesman said mobility scooters were able to share the roads and urged people to be vigilant.

“The mobility scooters are their transportation device. They’re allowed on roads as long as they have a registration plate, and to my knowledge no-one has ever been done for drink-scootering,” he said.



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