Scooters And One Wheels

Des Moines man says the scooter he makes use of to get round was turned away at State Truthful

A Des Moines man who has a permit to use a scooter to get around due to medical conditions says his scooter was prohibited from going into the Iowa State Fair due to its length. “I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and I just had my knee operated on and I can’t breathe,” Gary Carr said. Couple that with a much-needed oxygen tank, Carr has a difficult time walking around for long periods of time. That’s where the scooter he’s had for three years comes in. Both Gary and his wife Sharon say it’s been a life changer. The couple tells KCCI they have brought it to the fair before and so they were shocked that they couldn’t get it beyond the gate on Thursday. The couple, who spent more than 50 years ago the day after the wedding at the Iowa State Fair, say they were shocked when they were told at the gate why they couldn’t go in with the scooter. “They pull up and they go, ‘Sorry, you’re too big. You can’t go in. It’s eight inches too long,'” Sharon said. The Iowa State Fair team says scooters can’t exceed 36″ wide x 52″ length. They have mats at some of the gates where they can measure people’s scooters. The Iowa State Fair’s website also has the measurements and more details on scooter usage. Fair officials say the rule hasn’t changed. “For us, really here, it’s just an enforcement on our end to make it a little safe,” said Mindy Williamson, the Iowa State Fair’s marketing director. Williamson says the fair consulted with outside officials who have similar venues. The focus was on how to make it safer for drivers and people walking both outside and inside buildings. “So considering that some of our buildings get a little full and some of the aisles are smaller, we want to make sure that we make them wide enough width so that they’re accessible to everyone, but also safe enough for everyone,” Williamson said. The fair does have scooters available for rent for $65. The Carrs walked to where they had to go on Thursday, making frequent stops for Gary’s safety and health. The couple was there to watch two of their grandchildren show their animals. What the Carrs say they don’t understand is why certain modes of transportation, like golf carts, are allowed, but not his scooter. “The guy behind me came through pulling a wagon,” Gary said. “He disconnected the wagon, went up with his scooter, and got measured outright.” The Carrs say they just want to see change so everyone can enjoy the fair comfortably, using a vehicle they know well. “You’re better off having your own because you’re used to the handles and everything,” Gary said.

A Des Moines man who has a permit to use a scooter to get around due to medical conditions says his scooter was prohibited from going into the Iowa State Fair due to its length.

“I have chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and I just had my knee operated on and I can’t breathe,” Gary Carr said.

Couple that with a much-needed oxygen tank, Carr has a difficult time walking around for long periods of time.

That’s where the scooter he’s had for three years comes in.

Both Gary and his wife Sharon say it’s been a life changer. The couple tells KCCI they have brought it to the fair before and so they were shocked that they couldn’t get it beyond the gate on Thursday. The couple, who spent more than 50 years ago the day after the wedding at the Iowa State Fair, say they were shocked when they were told at the gate why they couldn’t go in with the scooter.

“They pull up and they go, ‘Sorry, you’re too big. You can’t go in. It’s eight inches too long,'” Sharon said.

The Iowa State Fair team says scooters can’t exceed 36″ wide x 52″ length. They have mats at some of the gates where they can measure people’s scooters.

The Iowa State Fair’s website also has the measurements and more details on scooter usage.

Fair officials say the rule hasn’t changed.

“For us, really here, it’s just an enforcement on our end to make it a little safe,” said Mindy Williamson, the Iowa State Fair’s marketing director.

Williamson says the fair consulted with outside officials who have similar venues. The focus was on how to make it safer for drivers and people walking both outside and inside buildings.

“So considering that some of our buildings get a little full and some of the aisles are smaller, we want to make sure that we make them wide enough width so that they’re accessible to everyone, but also safe enough for everyone,” Williamson said.

The fair does have scooters available for rent for $65.

The Carrs walked to where they had to go on Thursday, making frequent stops for Gary’s safety and health. The couple was there to watch two of their grandchildren show their animals.

What the Carrs say they don’t understand is why certain modes of transportation, like golf carts, are allowed, but not his scooter.

“The guy behind me came through pulling a wagon,” Gary said. “He disconnected the wagon, went up with his scooter, and got measured outright.”

The Carrs say they just want to see change so everyone can enjoy the fair comfortably, using a vehicle they know well.

“You’re better off having your own because you’re used to the handles and everything,” Gary said.

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