Mobility scooter use has increased with the growth of Kapiti District’s over-65 population and the expansion of shared pathways and accessible facilities.
There is also a club to help users maintain and enjoy the safe use of mobility scooters… members sometimes travelling as far as Wellington on group runs.
Well-Able in Paraparaumu (Marilyn, 2982914) coordinates the Mobility Scooter Club Kapiti, which meets every second Wednesday of the month from 1.30pm to 3.30pm (February-November) at Coastlands Aquatic Centre meeting room.
“Relevant speakers are invited to talk to the group,” says spokesman Bryan Miller who is a member of the Kapiti Accessibility Advisory Group. Discussions have included scooter tyres, aspects of driving and road safety, maintenance and scooter accessories.
Recent mobility scooter runs included:
- Paraparaumu to Waikanae, using the train one-way and riding back.
- Harrisons Gardenworld at Peka Peka.
- Wellington by train then riding around the bays, having lunch at Pigeon Park then riding up Cuba Street (pictured) and taking the Cable Car to the Wellington Botanic Gardens and riding back.