City Hall is to donate mobility scooters used to transport attendees during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the capital’s Shopmobility schemes, Deputy Mayor of London Victoria Borwick has announced.
Shopmobility schemes help older and mobility impaired Londoners access local shops, ensuring they remain active and playing a part in the local community and economy.
The Greater London Authority purchased 76 of the scooters from Games organisers and is allocating them to both existing Shopmobility schemes and groups wishing to set up new schemes.
The move is part of the Mayor’s promise to deliver an Olympic legacy for all communities within London and complements other initiatives to increase London’s accessibility.
Announcing the recipients of the scooters, Deputy Mayor Borwick, said: “The Mayor recognised that many mobility services in London have been underfunded for a long time and he saw this as a great opportunity to do something to address that.
“These scooters made a huge difference to people last summer and it’s great news that they will now assist Londoners across the capital to get around more easily.
“Helping more people to get out and about so they can shop more easily will also give a boost to local businesses and high streets too. This project really is a great example of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy in action.”
Location Name of organisation
Bexley Bexley Accessible Transport Scheme – 5
Camden African Physical Training Organisation – 5
Camden Passenger and Accessible Transport Services – 5
Ealing Ealing Shopmobility Scheme – 5
Harrow Harrow Shopmobility Scheme – 6
Harrow Age UK Harrow – 2
Havering Havering Shopmobility Scheme – 4
Hillingdon Hillingdon Shopmobility Scheme – 2
Hounslow Hounslow Shopmobility Scheme – 2
Kensington & Chelsea Out & About Scooters/Westway CT – 5
Kingston Kingston Shopmobility Scheme – 3
Lewisham Lewisham Shopmobility Scheme – 2
Merton Merton Community Transport – Scootability Project – 6
Newham SUBCO Trust – 2
Newham Newham African Caribbean Resource Centre – 6
Redbridge Ilford Shopmobility Scheme – 5
Sutton Sutton Shopmobility Scheme – 5
Wandsworth Wandsworth Shopmobility Scheme – 6