Mobility matters

Thanks to my brother Pete and sister-in-law Stephanie, I am scooting back and forth to work in a golf cart

I can still walk the half mile to my office at Davidson College (for that matter, I can still walk 2-3 miles at a go if I have to), but I’m preparing for a time when that starts to get hard or impossible. The solution? My brother Pete and sister-in-law Stephanie own a golf cart that they have used to move around their neighborhood. It actually qualifies as an electric car — it can reach 25 mph or more and has all the essential features of a car, from lights and turn signals to side view mirror and seat belts. It’s got a SC license tag and registration and is insured. They offered to let me borrow the cart to get to work and back so I can pull right up to my building and, when the time comes, carry a foldable walker in the cart. After checking with the college public safety office and the town police, it’s all legal and approved, so now I have a new and very, very convenient way to get to work each day. There is a cut-through path from our road to the college parking lot that I use to avoid traffic altogether. Thank you Pete and Stephanie! Next step is to decorate my new ride with some Davidson, Xavier, and Clemson pennants, and a “Defeat ALS” bumper sticker…. I’m also trying out a leg brace to help with foot drop. It helps a lot, I can walk with a better pace and gait, and worry less about tripping up. Mobility is a precious commodity….


Author: Ken Menkhaus

Professor of Political Science at Davidson College. Specialist on Somalia and the Horn of Africa. Interests include development, statebuilding, informal governance systems, peace and conflict studies, and political Islam. I also teach on philanthropy and the non-profit sector.

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