Scooter driving challenges

Researcher(s): Dr. Ben Mortenson

We are interested in determining which activities are difficult for new users of motorized mobility scooters (MMS), which contexts may make these activities challenging or unsafe, and which strategies can help users to complete these activities. This study will involve participating in a 45-60 minute interview at GF Strong (4255 Laurel St, Vancouver), the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre (818 W 10th Ave, Vancouver), your home, or anywhere in the community that is convenient for you.

Why should you participate in this study?

This study will allow us to better understand the needs of new MMS users, as well as the challenges they experience in their daily activities. Identifying these needs, as expressed by experienced clinicians, MMS users, and other stakeholders is an important first step in the elaboration of a training program for teaching MMS driving skills. In particular, understanding the environmental contexts in which MMS driving may be challenging will be useful, as training activities can be created that are specific to these contexts. Finally, data from this study will be helpful in the development of innovative scooter technologies that meet users’ needs.

You may be able to participate in this study if you:

  • are a scooter user, and
    • are at least 18 years of age in Quebec or 19 years of age in British Columbia
    • have at least 3 months of experience driving a three- or four- wheel scooter
    • speak and understand English
  • are a clinician or vendor, and
    • are at least 25 years of age
    • have at least two years of experience in services related to the allocation or use of scooters
    • speak and understand English

Time Commitment

A 45-60 minute interview regarding your experiences with motorized mobility scooters is required for this study.

For more information or to sign up to participate

Please contact the study coordinator, Dolapo Owonuwa, by email or phone (604) 500-8120.