Mobility Scooter Goes Off Road
9:19am 18th June 2013
A new 'off-road' mobility scooter is being tried out on Portland.
The 'Tramper' machine is already proving popular, especially with one of the Paralympic Flame Ambassadors for Weymouth and Portland.
It's provided by the 'Wild About Weymouth and Portland' project, who've teamed up with Portland's Heights Hotel and an Exeter-based charity.
The scooter can go up and down slopes, through puddles and over tree roots with a top speed of four miles an hour - and anyone over 14 can use one.
Portland is one of 30 sites across the region where Trampers are now available including five other locations in Dorset.
Ian White, the Paralympic Flame Ambassador, said: "What a great experience I had visiting Tout Quarry on a Tramper. It gave me a safe and comfortable ride over very uneven tracks, where I would not have felt safe walking or using my wheelchair. I am looking forward very much to my next visit."