Segway - Alternative Mobility Device for People with Disabilities

Year
2010
Category
Transportation and Communication
NCLGA Ref#
B34
UBCM Ref#
B125

Status

Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership - Defeated by the UBCM Membership

Details

WHEREAS approximately one-half of all car trips are less than five kilometres long and involve only a single occupant; and

WHEREAS the electric Segway Human Transporter is an environmentally-friendly, short distance type of vehicle; and

WHEREAS in 2007 at the UBCM Convention, local governments and the province demonstrated their shared commitment to take action on climate change by signing onto the BC Climate Action Charter; and

WHEREAS studies have shown that the Segway may be a good device for people with disabilities because it allows them to participate in social and functional activities in a manner that traditional mobility aids do not facilitate as well:

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the NCLGA and UBCM lobby the Provincial Government to amend the Motor Vehicle Act to allow for the use of the Segway Human Transporter wherever traditional mobility aids are permitted.

Additional Information

UBCM comments:

The UBCM membership has not previously considered a resolution requesting an amendment of the Motor Vehicle Act to allow the use of Segways wherever traditional mobility aids are permitted.

However, two other resolutions on Segways have been considered by the membership. Resolution 2003-B64 was endorsed and requested that provisions for Segways be included in the Motor Vehicle Act to permit and regulate their safe use. Members considered but did not endorse resolution 2009-B179, which requested an amendment to the Motor Vehicle Act to allow for the use of the Segway Personal Transporter on sidewalks adjacent to roadways.

Segways are considered motorized vehicles; however, they cannot be used on roadways as they do not meet provincial equipment safety standards, and cannot be operated on sidewalks adjacent to roadways. Segways can only be operated on private property that does not have public vehicle access or on a trail or pathway if allowed by a municipal bylaw.

This resolution requests that Segways be allowed wherever traditional mobility aids are permitted. According to ICBC, motorized wheelchairs can be used on sidewalks or roads, following the same rules as pedestrians.