My sister was in town for a visit for a few days. As some of you know, she has Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia, a neurological disorder which affects her ability to walk.
She brought her new toy with her – a TravelScoot. It’s the world’s lightest mobility scooter, and boy is it great! She has the version with the Lithium-Ion battery, and the entire thing weighs only 35 pounds fully assembled – you can easily pick it up with one hand and carry it.
For traveling, the seat and battery can be removed, and the frame folds up compactly, to easily fit in a car’s trunk or seat. And when you put everything in the carrying case, it can even fit in an airplane overhead compartment! It’s perfect for her to go on airplane trips, because there’s a rack below the seat where you can put a piece of luggage (she had one of those wheeled carry-on bags), and then she pulled a second, computer-bag-sized wheeled carry-on behind her. And it’s fast!
In order to keep the scooter so compact, it doesn’t have a reverse gear like normal mobility scooters–so the rider does need to have enough mobility to either push it backwards with his/her feet, or get off it and move it around if necessary. The braking system is just a friction brake like a bicycle. (Basically, it’s just a motorized, collapsible tricycle.) It’s perfect for someone who has difficulty walking. Another plus is that it doesn’t look like a typical scooter, which makes it more attractive to people who have problems with the idea of using a scooter.
Sadly, I did not get any photos of her on it. She only used it a few times during the trip, and either I didn’t have my camera, or it was raining. But there are great videos on the website link above, which show how small and easy it is to use, and how much luggage you can cart around with you.