A happy customer and Jimmy Gustafson with his wheelchair 'taxi' bike (photo: Jimmy Gustafson)
Wheelchair bike for reaching 35-year milestone
Jimmy Gustafson is the owner of Jimlog, a taxi service company in Porvoo (Finland). His father was the first one with a wheelchair taxi company (Gustafsons Taxi) in Porvoo. With the 35-year milestone, Jim wanted to honor his father, his father’s company and all the long-lasting customers with the purchase of a Van Raam VeloPlus wheelchair bicycle in the spring of 2017. This wasn't something he had planned for a while, but it was a spontaneous action based on a discussion with some friends. There' s a bicycle taxi service in Porvoo for ordinary people but there was nothing for those who need it the most: those who are in a wheelchair. In this article, Jimmy will tell you more about his VeloPlus wheelchair transport bike.
'After I bought the wheelchair bike, I asked the town of Porvoo if they wanted to develop this service together. Last year, three people were employed for the summer, this year we only have been able to employ one person for 4 hours a day. When it is busy I sometimes cycle myself. Unfortunately, there is very limited finances for such service nowadays and we are doing this service ‘pro bono’. But then again, due to the joy it brings it is worth it and it generates locally a good marketing source.'