The little blue buggy you may have seen as it boogies its way through the streets of the Old Town is getting a lot of attention these days.
It belongs to Grace Tomlinson, who lives in the townhouses at the corner of Mary and Naussau Streets, and works at the Oban Inn.
She told her husband she doesn’t need a car, but wanted something to get her back and forth to work, to do her grocery shopping and to pick up mail at the post office, she says.
Last November, he presented her with the perfect birthday gift, which she calls a Boogie Boomerbuggy.
Made by a Toronto company called Daymak, it is powered by a solar panel that continuously charges a lithium ion battery.
It is really a covered scooter — it is considered a scooter as far as rules of the road — but with the luxury of a built-in air conditioner and heater.
And yes, says Tomlinson, “it even has a radio.”
Her seat has a seatbelt, and there is enough room behind her for another person, she says, although it’s advertised as cargo space.
Those who have seen it will know it has a large sign on the front saying Oban Inn, which is where she’s usually headed when she leaves home. Asked what she does at the Oban, she answers, “almost everything.”
She says she has many people stop to chat about her Boomerbuggy, the perfect little vehicle for buzzing around close to home. It goes 32 kilometres an hour, just fast enough, “as long as you get off the road so drivers behind you don’t get angry,” she says.
“Everybody asks about it. Everybody wants to know about it.”
It’s garnered so much positive attention her husband is thinking of starting up a little business and selling them, she says, opening up the possibility of many more Boomerbuggies making their way through the streets of the Old Town.