Hi everyone. This might sound like a strange question!
There’s a covered shopping centre near me (in Brent Cross in London if anyone knows it). You can hire wheelchairs/mobility scooters for your visit -no charge. It’s not that big but I don’t like going as I find it too hot (I think they try and save on airconditioning!) and the lights and flooring make me feel a bit - well, odd. When I go I park in a disabled space with my blue badge and take my walking pole.
I was recently in the Gunwharf Quays shopping centre in Portsmouth with my husband and I thought I’d try one of these vehicles. It was actually quite fun although reversing was a bit tricky and I didn’t want to mow anyone down! I was told to just take out the key and keep it with me if I didn’t want to go into a store with it (I didn’t need to, it’s just the walking between the stores which I find tiring)
So I was thinking about getting one of these scooters next time I go to my local centre but I wondered what everyone’s experience of scooters in shopping centres is. I’d be concerned (if I was on my own) that I’d come out of a store/the ladies’ loos) that the scooter wouldn’t still be there! This particular shopping centre isn’t that spacious, being 43 years old and the first one of its kind in the UK. So it’s relatively small and not that wide.
Thanks for your views!