World : City rolls out charging stations for wheelchairs, mobility scooters

They'll be on the boardwalk and at city-owned venues including Bondar tent pavilion

To help users of mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs go the distance, Sault Ste. Marie is introducing a citywide network of designated charging stations.

The roll-out was disclosed this past week to citizens attending a city-organized public session on removing accessibility barriers.

Participants at the well-attended Friday session were told the new stations will consist of blue electrical outlets marked with blue-and-white 'charge station' signs.

Ten of the new stations will be indoors at city-owned venues.

Nancie Scott, the city's accessibility coordinator, told SooToday other stations will be installed on the boardwalk and at Roberta Bondar tent pavilion.

The City of Sarnia and County of Lambton introduced a similar program three years ago.

Within a year, the initiative was expanded with the City of Sarnia offering $500 grants to private businesses to create their owm publicly accessible stations.

All that's needed is a standard electrical outlet and a city-supplied sign.

A city official told the Sarnia Observer there's virtually no cost to a charging station – a typical charge cost just 17 to 25 cents.

 

Source : https://www.sootoday.com/local-news/city-rolls-out-charging-stations-for-wheelchairs-mobility-scooters-1466430

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