Sunday, December 27, 2015

As a result of the revolution of new commuting transportation technology being designed in North America, as well as Europe and some having been used in Europe for many years now, I am constantly trying to keep pace with the Ontario Highway Traffic Act which to me needs to change sooner than later.  There is a plethora of what are being called the "Last Mile" transportation vehicles about to hit and I honestly believe they, like the bicycle will help reduce some of the traffic congestion we are being faced with in Toronto.  To the best of my knowledge all of these "Last Mile" or short distance vehicles are battery powered which again will aid in the mission to reduce the carbon footprint.

I am providing a link for those who are interested in reading an article I came across in The Globe and Mail, written by Jason Tchir and published on Tuesday, October 13, 2015.titled

"DRIVING CONCERNS

I want to buy a hoverboard, can I legally use it in Toronto?"


http://fw.to/4EKRNMC  

I think some of the information in this article about the Hoover Board being a motorized vehicle applies to all the new commuting vehicles, that are not E-Bikes.  Most of the new commuting transportation vehicles are not pedal assisted like the E-Bike (and in some cases are safer), but are classified motor vehicles and aren't allowed to be operated on sidewalks, bicycle lanes, paths or roads, according to our laws which have not changed fast enough to handle these new motorized vehicles.  Take a look at the Segway.  It was innovated in it's time and is still not legal to be operated on sidewalks, roads, bicycle lanes or paths.

By the way if you look at most posted signs where they indicate Motorized Vehicles are Not Allowed, it is a picture of a Motor Cycle, not and Electric Powered Device.  Maybe these signs need to say what they mean.

Ontario and the other provinces within Canada as well as the States within the United States who have not updated their laws to address these new short haul transportation vehicles, will constantly be challenged until they are updated.


Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Individuals Who Are Using The Freeliner And Enjoying Their "FREEDOM" Once Again!

This article is the second part, on this innovative Swiss engineered and German assembled  three (3) wheel electric portable Personal Transportation Vehicles (PTV) which can be used to address many different needs designed and manufactured by e-Bikeboard AG out of Germany.

The Freeliner which is being built to address the needs of people with and without a mobility disability.

Below is a brief write-up on the people around the world who are utilizing the Freeliner to address their needs, enabling them to Experience the World Again. The typical electric mobile Wheelchair (Scooters) does not provide the benefits the Freeliner can,  By the way all the feedback I have received over the years, is that this is a "Cool" product.  Multiple customers have told me they are constantly stopped and asked "where did you get this?"

Let me take the opportunity to introduce you to Esther Weber Schule: (Spinal Cord Injury)


Biography

23.12.1967 in Waldkirch                                                                         TRAINING
Sport: Ballet, gymnastics, tennis, track and field                                Education studies (mathematics, EV. Theology)
Car accident on the 25.08.1983, spinal cord injury                          University of Catania (intercultural education)
Wheelchair sports: Athletics, fencing                                                   University of applied sciences of Göttingen (business 
Hobbies: Sun, Italy, languages, art, reading, plants                           management home study course)
Children: Sarah Kim, Daniel
Vita assistance dog Stanley

PROFESSIONAL                                                                                           STRENGTHS
Dipl. Business Economist (FH)                                                                   Patience, for others there may be, lose, 
Representative for sports, healthy diet, barrier-free                            Emotional
living Officer
Freelancer Otto Bock Health Care GmbH

WEAKNESSES                                                                                                 LIFE MOTTO
Name memory, emotional                                                                         Don't think about what I can't do, but what I can do.
                                                      
  Let me take the opportunity to introduce you to Dr. Angelika Trabert : (Dysmelia)


Biography

10.09.1967 in Dreieich, Germany
Sports: Horse Ridding, Skiing, Snorkeling or Diving, Swimming, Para-Equestrian
Dysmelia, born with a malformation of both legs and right hand missing two fingers       
Hobbies: Motivational Speaker, Travel, Doctors without Borders

PROFESSIONAL
1987 Graduate Medical Studies in Marburg and FrankfurtSeit 1996
Dr. of Anaesthesiology
Coach A / instructor in the riding as a sport for the disabled
Athletes Spokeswomen of the International Paralympic Equestrian Committee 

STRENGTHS                                              LIFE MOTTO
Patience, determination                              It's Ability, not Disability that COUNTS!



Let me take the opportunity to introduce you to Josh Cassidy : (Neuroblastoma Cancer In The Spine)











Biography

15.11.1984 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Sport: Wheelchair Racing
Neuroblastoma Cancer: born with neuroblastoma cancer in the spine and abdomen       
Hobbies: Motivational Speaker, Travel, creative projects in art, music, and writing

PROFESSIONAL

Education: graduated with a BAA in Illustration at Sheridan College in 2009
Involvement: Supports several foundations such as The Right To Play, Rick Hansen Foundation, Neuroblastoma Alliance UK


STRENGTHS                                              LIFE MOTTO
Patience, determination                              Anything is possible













Let me take the opportunity to introduce you to Deborah F. Stanitski, M.D.: (Closed Head Injury)


Biography

From: Originally from Michigan, US.  Now resides in Charleston South Carolina
Sport:  Eventing, Dressage, Grade II Para Equestrian
Closes Head Injury: 1999      

PROFESSIONAL

Education: Graduated at University of Cincinnati in 1980
Career: Academic Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Professor at The Medical University of South Carolina,
Involvement: President of Equestrian Medical Safety Association (EMSA)

STRENGTHS                                           
Patience, determination                              




















If you look at two (2) of the individuals above, they are both Doctors and have different kinds of disabilities, but they have found their freedom with the Freeliner.

Other individuals who I have talked and worked with have different disabilities.  Some have MS, MD, are Legally Blind, have back injuries and cannot sit and would much rather stand up and get around.

Believe it or not some people with a disability move over to the Allrounder or Skyliner models offerd by e-Bikeboard which can provide faster speeds and a carving sensation, which the Freeliner cannot deliver.

Last, we have found the large warehouses and factories love the Freeliner because of it's speed restriction.

As one of our team member remarks every time Eco Motion Solutions sells a Freeliner, we see a new SMILE on that individuals face!.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Eco Motion Solutions Distributes A Unique 3 Wheel, Portable Electric Scooter in North America


Eco Motion Solutions is the North American Distributor for a very innovative company out of Karlsruhe, Germany - e-Bikeboard AG, who produces a Swiss engineered and German assembled three (3) wheel electric portable Personal Transportation Vehicles (PTV) which can be used to address many different needs.

One of the most interesting models which has evolved from the original offering, based on requests from people with and without a mobile disability is the Freeliner.  As you can see from the picture below, this model does not look like your typical three (3) wheel electric wheelchair scooter which has been around for years.  



As people have indicated to me here in North America, the Freeliner is unique! It is portable, thus reducing my need to rely on a Wheel Trams public transportation system,  because one of the features of the Freeliner is its ability to fold up,  As shown below the Freeliner collapses it into a smaller form factor and now it can either be put on the seat or trunk of a taxi cab.


3 Steps to fold the e-Bikeboard (Freeliner) up and put it in the back of Smart Car
There are many more features the Freeliner offers people with and without a mobile disability.  The Freeliner:

  • Due to a part time tilt speed limiter to 6 km/h - 3.7 mph, the Freeliner is usable in pedestrian zones and shopping areas, subject to having a disability pass.
  • Firm standing three wheels
  • Speed up to 20 km/h - 12-4 mph
  • Lightweight, solid, fold-able aluminium frame
  • Weighs 26 kg - 57.32 lbs (without batteries) when folded up
  • Measures 74 x 63 x 80 cm (29.13 x 24.8 x 31.5 inches), when folded up
  • Safe, will not tip (under normal use)
  • Brakes are Hydraulic twin Disk brakes at rear, Mechanical Disk brakes at front
  • Lights are Photon head, head light, LED rear light and brake light
  • Horn / rear view mirror
  • Cruise Control, Reverse gear (with all 20 km/h. - 12.42 mph) models
  • Seat height - adjustable and demount-able
  • Multi-function display with cruise range indicator
  • Battery, lockable, quick-change system and a charger
  • Ergonomic handlebar with adjustable telescopic stem
  • Full Security System
  • Slip Resistant Foot Boards
  • Foot Pegs

From a turning perspective, the Freeline has a zero turn ratio, and can turn on a quarter.  The turning ratio is unbelievable!

Although the Freeliner is different than the typical Mobile Wheelchair Scooter, the Freeliner can go through your starndard door, fit into an elevator, and go into storess with no problems at all.


One of the nice extended features of the Freeliner is how it can be customized to address individual needs or requirements.  Below are some pictures of the Freeliner, with a Top Case on the back to enable one to go shopping and have a place to carry groceries, have a front basket on it, for auxiliary storage and many other features.  One pictures reflects how we can make rooms for crutches or canes.


The pictures below shows how a Wheelchair Seat can be installed on the Freeliner.

This picture below shows the new top available for the Freeliner if one would like to drive around in the rain, snow or protect one's self from the sun.




The nice part about the Freeliner as one can hopefully see from the pictures above is, it is different.  It can be:
  • Customized to meet the needs of an individual.  Your are not be forced into a What You See Is What You Get (WYSIWYG).
  • It is a different way to provide mobility. Its COOL!!!
  • If an individual desires faster speed, the Freeliner can go faster than the typical Mobile Wheelchair Scooter.
  • Based on it platform it can go on road, off road (such as parks or trails)

We will leave this article for now.  Keep your eyes open for the next article on the individuals who are using the Freeliner and enjoying their "FREEDOM" once again.