Displayed as a prototype at the recent “New Old” exhibition in London, the Scooter for Life by British designers PriestmanGoode intercepts the mobility needs of a wide section of the population and satisfies them with a captivating design.
An area of design with great potential, in light of statistics confirming increased longevity across the developed world, old age was the inspiration for the recent “New Old” exhibition curated by Jeremy Myerson and hosted at the Design Museum in London. One product on display was the Scooter for Life by London studio PriestmanGoode, who were invited to think of a solution for elderly people’s problems of mobility – which is an important topic since a lack of mobility causes increased loneliness and isolation. According to the designers: “When they gave us this commission, we immediately thought that we didn’t merely want to increase the mobility of elderly people, but rather to encourage them to stay physically active as long as possible. Firstly we decided to work on a design for all ages, a product for life, given that mobility needs are constantly evolving.” The inspiration came from micro scooters that one encounters everywhere and can be found in many families. Drawing on the shape of an everyday-life object meant shunning the aesthetics of more hospital-style instruments which are rejected by many users.
Scooter for Life runs on three wheels to increase stability, while a front storage compartment turns it into a foldable shopping trolley to leave the hands free. It only moves when the brake is released, making it safer. It can be fitted with a seat and electric motor, which are useful extras when one becomes fatigued. It is also possible to memorise regularly travelled routes and map streets to identify precarious sections along the way, or activate the “take me home” function designed for sufferers of mild dementia. The Scooter for Life facilitates mobility for an unhurried part of the population.