They say that necessity is the mother of invention, and Lauraine Cyr is living proof. “I purchased a park home north of Peterborough a few years ago, and although I thoroughly enjoyed the park life, I soon realized I couldn’t get around on foot due to my mobility limitations.”
“I was determined not to be labelled as unsociable because of my lack of participation in park events, so I began researching available mobility products.”
Unsatisfied with what was out there, and unwilling to sacrifice style for functionality, Lauraine seized the opportunity, invited her friend, Kathy Fullerton, to be her partner, and Maximized Mobility Inc. was born.
The result of their process – research, designing and redesigning, production and testing – has yielded a product line which ranges from modified and updated canes and walkers, which can make shopping easier, to three-seater cabined electric scooters which resemble a slightly scaled down Smart Car.
The scooters are very easy to get into and out of and are ergonomically designed for ease of use. Their operation does not require licensing or insurance, and they take stylish to a whole new level. As Lauraine says, “Am I using it because I have to, or because I want to?” And priced from $3,000 to $11,999, they are affordable.
The scooters can be used for something as simple as getting from one place to another within a local setting, or can provide the seating and space for a trip with your friend to the mall. The FSC-LT is one of their top-of-the-line models, a 2- or 3-seater Cabin Scooter, which comes in three colour options, measures 7’6” x 6’5” x 5’3’’, has disc brakes, providing a maximum speed of 35 km/h, with a battery which allows a running distance of 60-80 km and has a 6-8 hour charging time.
The goals of Maximized Mobility Inc. are clear-cut: to provide modern, technologically enhanced mobility devices which can be used year-round; to break down accessibility barriers and eliminate the stigma of utilizing a mobility device; and to change the culture in a positive manner. When you unpack that, it is apparent that these two feisty ladies have removed the line between “accessibility” and “transportation”, and have done it with style and grace.
Maximized Mobility Inc. is located at 1-649 The Parkway in Peterborough. Contact them at www.maximizedmobility.net or call 705-750-0777.