When Marvin Flores sustained a crippling injury last year, he discovered that injured and disabled students needed another way to get around campus.
The Associate Students, Inc. senator at California State University, Long Beach, tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), he said. It made negotiating the hilly, 322-acre campus difficult, he added.
Flores said scooters were a good option. And, the motorized vehicles became available for students to check out — free — on Monday, Oct. 26. A ribbon cutting ceremony was Wednesday, Oct. 21.
“I worked with the school, Mobül and the students,” Flores said. “It is a good thing due to the logistics on campus.”
Mobül is a home medical and mobility equipment store, with locations in Long Beach and Fountain Valley. Founder and CEO Wayne Slavitt said he provided a discount on his electric, four-wheel Golden scooters. The vehicles have a maximum speed of about four miles per hour, he added.
“We decided to help them (CSULB) because we are nice people,” Slavitt said. “We distinguish ourselves from our competition by offering an elevated retail experience… When CSULB approached us with this idea, we ran with it. We even went the extra mile of having the metal frame of the scooters sandblasted and powder-coated to match the CSULB school colors.”
The scooters typically run about $1,498 to $2,239 to buy, Slavitt said, but he gave CSULB a discount off the lower cost. He said he wouldn’t disclose what CSULB paid.
Student Health Services, Disabled Student Services and ASI each bought two scooters, said James Ahumada, interim communications and special projects manager at CSULB.
Temporarily disabled or injured students may check out one at either the SHS or DSS office (Brotman Hall, Room 270) by leaving a $50 deposit, returned upon checking in the scooter. They also must fill out paperwork, including student identification number. They can use the scooter for an unlimited amount of time, Ahumada said.
More scooters may be purchased in the future, he added.
“We want to see how the demand goes for the year,” Ahumada said.
So far, the scooters are on a first come, first served bases, Courtney Countryman, office assistant for DSS, said. Four will be kept at DSS and two at SHS, she said, and students must have a recommendation from DSS or ASI to use one.
The scooter rental program is the first of its kind in California, Flores said, and he’s got additional plans.
“I’d like to get more in the future,” Flores said.
For more information, visit www.csulb.edu.
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