'Mind my scooter'

A DISABLED Clevedon woman is urging people to be more considerate after suffering abuse while out riding her mobility scooter. Fed up Marilyn Knight, aged 51, of Strode Road, says she is often shouted at when riding out on the pavements and the roads by m

A DISABLED Clevedon woman is urging people to be more considerate after suffering abuse while out riding her mobility scooter.Fed up Marilyn Knight, aged 51, of Strode Road, says she is often shouted at when riding out on the pavements and the roads by motorists and pedestrians.Marilyn, who suffers with arthritis, said: "My scooter is my lifeline."I use it all the time because I can only walk very short distances."Without it I would be trapped in my home."Ms Knight says she is often shouted at by drivers while she is riding on the road.She added: "When I am on the road, drivers shout and say I should be on the pavement."Yet when I am on the pavement people get cross with me and say I should be on the road."It also makes it very difficult to get around on the pavements when local shops leave advertising boards outside their businesses, often then I am forced onto the road. I just can't win."Ms Knight says she hopes by highlighting the problems she encounters, it will make other road users more considerate of those using mobility scooters.She said: "I feel that someone has to stand up and be counted."If it is happening to me, it must be happening to other people."Clevedon councillor Chanel Stevens said he had spoken to Ms Knight on a number of occasions about the problems.Cllr Stevens said: "Ms Knight is a regular visitor at my monthly surgery and if only people would stop and think before acting so inconsiderately, a lot of these problems would be solved."As for people being rude, there is no excuse for such behaviour and people should reflect on how they would feel if they were in the other person's shoes.


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