E-Scooters For People With Disabilities Debut In Oakland

Matt Bigler
January 08, 2020 - 4:22 pm
Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf on Jan. 8, 2020 models an electronic scooter that has been designed for people with disabilities.

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E-scooters specifically designed for people with disabilities are now available in Oakland. 

The scooters, designed by Lime, have a small bicycle seat unlike the more common models that require users to stand during their trips. 

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf rode one of the scooters Wednesday during the announcement of the partnership with Lime.

“Oakland believes that everyone should have access to all parts of this beautiful, vibrant city in an accessible, affordable, and safe way,” Schaaf said. “And these micro mobility tools are an important element of that vision.” 

Oakland was the first city to roll out these adapted devices, Schaaf said. 

Besides the adjustable seat, they have other features that make them easier to ride, such as wider handle bars, better suspension and "wheels that are resistant to certain puncture," said Sam King, with Lime.

The scooters will be delivered to the homes of the individuals who ordered them, so they don’t have to try and locate one on the street. 

Lime plans to launch a similar program in San Francisco next week.