Electric scooters for seniors in Radin Mas estate

A close-up of steering area of a scooter after the launch of the Radin Mas EZ Roam on June 29, 2014. People using the scooter can toggle its speed with a simple button and move forward and reverse using two levers on the side of the steering wheel.&n
A close-up of steering area of a scooter after the launch of the Radin Mas EZ Roam on June 29, 2014. People using the scooter can toggle its speed with a simple button and move forward and reverse using two levers on the side of the steering wheel. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Elderly folk (left) living in Radin Mas SMC test out the scooters around the Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre after the launch of Radin Mas EZ Roam on June 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Elderly folk (left) living in Radin Mas SMC test out the scooters around the Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre after the launch of Radin Mas EZ Roam on June 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Elderly folk living in Radin Mas SMC test out the scooters around the Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre after the launch of Radin Mas EZ Roam on June 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Elderly folk living in Radin Mas SMC test out the scooters around the Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre after the launch of Radin Mas EZ Roam on June 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Elderly folk living in Radin Mas SMC test out the scooters around the Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre after the launch of Radin Mas EZ Roam on June 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Elderly folk living in Radin Mas SMC test out the scooters around the Blk 11 Telok Blangah Crescent Food Centre after the launch of Radin Mas EZ Roam on June 29, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG
Elderly residents try out electric scooters at Radin Mas on June 29. -- ST PHOTO: TOH YONG CHUAN
Elderly residents try out electric scooters at Radin Mas on June 29. -- ST PHOTO: TOH YONG CHUAN

SINGAPORE - Senior citizens at Radin Mas have a new way of getting around their estate.

They can hire an electric scooter for free to run errands.

The scooters are parked at the two community centres and four Senior Activity Centres in the estate. The seniors can use them for up to two hours each time. There will be staff and volunteers at the centres to teach them how to operate the scooters.

The fleet of 30 scooters, which come fitted with a basket for storing groceries, were bought by the Radin Mas Citizens' Consultative Committee (CCC) for $35,000, which was donated by the Loyang Tua Pek Kong Temple. Seniors are only allowed to ride them on the pavements, as they are not allowed on public roads.

The Radin Mas constituency is believed to be the first ward to provide this service.

The constituency's Member of Parliament Sam Tan said the scooters will help the seniors be more mobile,