Personal mobility devices are everywhere. Basically they cover everything from a skateboard to a bicycle, skates to wheelchairs and while buildings, parks, forecourts, footpaths and public areas have been optimised and adapted for easy wheelchair access it’s not just wheelchair users that are enjoying the new mobility possibilities. An important factor with personal mobility devices is that they be light and compact enough to load and unload into your car, onto a train, tram or bus.
The wheeled chair arrived in Europe ca the 12th century along with the wheelbarrow and much later in the 17th century began it’s development as a self propelled wheelchair primarily used by the rich and lazy, and it wasn’t until the 18th century that it would to be used for transporting sick or physically disabled patients. At this point the wheelchair was evolving into a cumbersome armchair on three wheels, unwieldy but comfortable. It wasn’t until the late 19th century that refinements to the wheels and tyres brought it into mainstream use in hospitals and homes and only in the middle of the 20th century with the appearance of the tubular steel folding wheelchair did it really take off. Today modern wheelchairs are sophisticated personal mobility devices and are pointing the way forward for new hybrid vehicles and devices like “the new”:“http://world.honda.com/UNI-CUB/video/video03/index.html UNI – Cub from Honda. It’s an area guaranteed to throw up some” really innovative”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YcYjLUMnOrs products over the next year or two.