Or again when flying my
model planes & drones, helicopters I have to drive the full length of a
long deserted grass runway
several times a day. Its endless at 6 mph! Life is too short for this kind
Yet again, when I have no
choice but to take to the roads to get
past obstacles, areas with no footpaths or badly parked cars blocking the
footpath, or groups of slow moving AB's etc. I am forced on to the ROAD, trying
to find yet another non existent or blocked curb cut to get back on the footpath
and out of danger. Here, 6mph is plain dangerous. Or trying to get out of the
way of some blind truck driver reversing towards you in a car park. Again speed = safety.
And in the right places
(like country roads, car parks, airfields, docklands, private land)
its safe fun. And this chair also has immense range. So it allows you to
go places in a sensible time. And has the battery power to back it
up and make use of this speed. You can go to the places you
only dreamed of.
I am not getting killed or injured just
to please some beurocrat that has never even used a powerchair. The
law says 4mph on footpaths. 8 mph on roads is "legal" for a powerchair
in the UK. And I would only exceed these for reasons of safety or on private
property. As such my BM3 chair has a 4mph setting too! For indoor and public footpath/shopping areas
and legality reasons. The throttle goes both ways!
15 or 16 MPH speed burst is pretty important when I am crossing a busy intersection and finding
myself racing the cars & lights in a dynamic situation. Then trying to find a way back on to the
on the opposite side! Access ramps often blocked off by traffic or other
pedestrians now in the way. The more speed you have at these times the better and
safer for all.
And its also important to be fast enough to get out of the way
when a truck or some myopic old woman is trying to reverse into you.
This kind of scenario happens all too often. Speed and acceleration
is essential to me, making my life easier as well as much safer. Power, speed
and control in the right hands enhances user safety, makes journeys seem
shorter, allows my dog to run, makes airfields, large markets, trips into town
centre all seem seem much less daunting and time consuming. And all without
worrying if you will have enough battery to make it home.
And its fun!