Yesterday, June 8, 2020, our Campaigns Manager, Kevin Rupasinghe, deputed before the Toronto Board of Health on item HL17.1: COVID-19 Response and Recovery - Update on behalf of Cycle Toronto. A summary of Kevin's speaking notes are below:
Cycle Toronto has submitted to the Ministry of Transportation (MTO) a statement on electric assist-style kick scooters. We support all kinds of active mobility and e-mobility devices that allow people to move about safely, including electric assist kick scooters.
The big question: who’s allowed in bike lanes?
As Toronto gets busier and denser, our streets must evolve to accommodate many types of mobilities. Electric bikes and scooters are increasing in popularity and are a great option for people to get around the city, and could contribute to reducing the number of cars on the road.
However, there is a lack of clarity around what types of vehicles can travel in bike lanes, cycle tracks, and trails. The information gap is causing confusion and frustration.