– E-Bikes on Ontario Streets are exploding in numbers for a variety of reasons.
– In this two year ‘test project’ – 32 km/h motor vehicles will be mixed in the painted-on Bicycle Lanes with 18 km/h Bicycles.
– This is a ‘compromise’ that will drive cyclists off the roads and into the Trails.
This is not a “Compromise” – this is the end of “Complete Streets” as a real-world Policy in Toronto!
Now Magazine – 2014/01/04
Scooters to be allowed in bike lanes
City report would compel cyclists to share the road with e-bikes
Under the proposed new rules electric scooters would be allowed in painted bike lanes, but they would be barred from physically separated bike lanes and multi-use trails, on penalty of a $150 fine. Pedelecs would be permitted anywhere that bicycles go.
The recommendations are consistent with rules already in place in Ottawa and Mississauga.
Dan Egan, the city’s manager for cycling infrastructure, concedes that many cyclists would be angered by having to share their lanes with e-scooters, but he believes it’s a fair solution.
“This is a bit of a compromise position to allow them in the painted bike lanes, the rationale being that you can operate them safely in a painted bike lane. You can easily exit the bike lane to overtake slower cyclists,” he says. “But we don’t want them mixing in [physically separated] cycle tracks where you don’t have that opportunity to overtake, or in trails when you’ve got an environment mixed with pedestrians.”
Egan suggests that there is a legitimate reason to allow e-scooters in bike lanes because legally they’re not allowed to go faster than 32 km/h, meaning they’re unable to keep up with car traffic.
“It is felt that allowing e-scooter access to conventional bicycle lanes would provide a safer environment for these riders, instead of forcing them out of the bicycle lanes and having them mix with the faster moving automobile traffic,” the report notes.
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