It’s been a while readers – apologies. I’ve been busy with the launch of E-Skoot and helping with E-Skoot demonstrations around Dublin.
The German general Helmuth von Moltke the Elder said: “No battle plan survives its first encounter with the enemy” and while potential customers are hardly enemies, the same rule applies here.
That is to say, you can plan all you want in terms of staging an event, but what you encounter will be unexpected, and you will have to change your plan when that happens.
Consider this example. Last Friday, the good people at E-Skoot held a demonstration of the Skooter at Percy Place – beside the canal in Dublin. I went along to see how they were getting on, and to lend a hand if needed.
So I get chatting with this lovely couple from Canada who told me they had just gotten married and were on their honeymoon. The man was tall and well-built, while his wife was also athletic, and flush with the joys of being on honeymoon.
I asked the man if he would like to try out the E-Skoot and he readily said yes. But as I showed him how to work the controls, I saw that the man had no right hand.
Decision time. You really need to have the use of your thumbs to control the accelerator and brake. And yet, I don’t want to be that person that says ‘No’ to someone who looks very capable, even if they are missing a hand.
It would require using just one hand to steer (and brake) while using the other limb to operate the accelerator. But a person could do it. Or they could fall and potentially hurt themselves.
But it’s hard to hurt yourself on an E-Skoot. I know that from personal experience. You see, you’re close to the ground you might potentially hit. There’s nowhere to fall from. And nothing to fall on top of you.
So I let our Canadian friend take a ride and he was wonderful. It turns out that he has managed his whole life with one hand, and has developed many interesting techniques for coping with that. It was great that he could have a thrill on his honeymoon (maybe not the only one) and not have to be rejected because of his situation.
But it raised the issue for us of what might be a limiting factor for E-Skoot riders. When is someone too young or too old or too disabled or too impaired that they would represent a danger to themselves, and possibly others, if they rode the skooter?
I think the answer is that if a person feels capable, they probably are. The E-Skoot does not require skill to operate. It’s so intuitive that a person who has had even a few minutes experience will be well able to ride it easily.
And I hope that a wide range of people get to enjoy the freedom and mobility that it allows. In the meantime, if you want to try one out, check out the weekly demos on the E-Skoot Facebook page.