Bex is the sixth wheelchair user in Exeter to drive one of my vehicles, but she showed impeccable timing, waiting for the Bannedwaggon to be ready. So many thanks to Ari, Damian, Agnete, Sarah and Sarah Piercey, all of whom had driven the rather dodgier variants, and all of whom will get a chance to drive the production version of the Bannedwaggon round West Town Farm at Ide, or on the beach at Exmouth, or at Haldon Forest, or across Dartmoor, or any of the locations that a pony and Bannedwaggon open up to those with limited mobility.
Today was a really quiet trip, just really a proof of concept, to take someone without pony driving experience, in a wheelchair, and get them to drive from the Quay, to the Double Locks and back, in safety, without fuss, without effort, just as another form of transport.
I was nervous as hell, because if you have put all the effort into anticipating everything that can go wrong, which is the essence of good design, you are not the sort of person who can be all blase and say, “I’m sure it’ll all be OK.”
Off the road and down the canal
Obama demanding a scratch at the Double Locks.
Crossing over the canal.
At the quay.
Back in civilisation, or at least the Bookcycle warehouse.
Bex had fun, Obama had a nice stroll, nobody got stressed, the Bannedwaggon works.