Mobile methods for mundane mobilities
Studying mobility scooters in a context of spatial mobility injustice
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In this chapter, we consider the methods available to study mundane and exceptional transport use. With ageing populations and rapid technological advancements, the electric mobility scooter has become an everyday assistive technology for people with physical mobility impairments in the global North. And yet, the electric mobility scooter remains overlooked by planners and engineers, not easily integrating with other everyday transport modes, and generating significant concern among motorists, cyclists and pedestrians because of their size, weight, speed and reputation in the media.

The chapter offers methodological novelty by narrating the freedoms and constraints of scooter riding as well as pointing to the implications of exceptional transport use for transport geography, policy and planning. We draw on empirical data from a mixed-methods mobility project that utilised conventional and mobile methods including video, semi-structured interviews, solicited diaries and accompanied journeys in Wollongong, Australia. We demonstrate how the peripheralisation of the electric mobility scooter works to reinforce and perpetuate the dominance of automobility in Australian urban and regional spaces and constitute electric mobility scooters as out of place and a source of anxiety.

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