These 7 new accessible vehicles let people with disabilities access micromobility

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If you live in New York City and use a manual wheelchair, you may soon be able to use the Lime app to order a free rental of an attachment that turns it into a power vehicle. The design is one of seven adaptive vehicles the micromobility company recently developed to make its services more accessible.

The company first launched a pilot of a more accessible scooter—with a seat, for anyone who has difficulty standing and balancing on a standard scooter—in late 2019 in Oakland, followed by San Francisco and Chicago. But it quickly realized that it needed to offer additional designs.

“We realized that disabilities come in all different shapes and sizes,” says Sam Sadle, Lime’s head of government relations for North America. “So we have a three-wheeled, sit-down device that is for somebody who has challenges balancing. We’ve got a two-wheeled sit-down device that is for somebody who can’t stand for a long amount of time, so it gives them a place to sit down the rest of their journey. We’ve got vehicles that are guided—essentially, you’ve got two people, so that somebody who is blind or hard or has low vision can partner with somebody who has full vision similar to how you would have a tandem bicycle.” Another scooter is seated and electric; another looks like a typical standing scooter but has an extra wheel for more stability. Another option is a stable tricycle with a shopping basket. The company also offers a handcycle that can be controlled without pedaling.

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