Jan. 16, 2013 Ministry of Transport
The purpose of this correspondence is to better supply input to the Cycling Strategy Study being assembled by the MOT with a specific focus on safety factors that affect older riders that put them more at risk on traditional bicycles than younger riders. I ride an escooter and have chosen this mode of transportation based on many of the observations outlined in this letter. Who I am Andy McKenna 46 Redwillow Dr, Toronto, ON. M3A 2L1 Married, 32 years with 2 adult children I am 58 years old. I am a white collar professional with a University Education. A home owner in Toronto with many years of paying the taxes that built the infrastructure that I am now having to fight to have access too. My employment history, worked my way through university, 4 years with Burroughs, 12 years with HP, 10 years running a company I co-founded and 10 years selling Computer Software. My Qualifications to provide Input for your report Riding bikes of course since I was 4 Motocross Bikes (4 yrs) at 12 Street Motorcycles at 16 (4 years) Professional Class Motorcycle Roadracer (12 years), Roadracing at venues like Mosport with eventual world ranking of 40th in 1979 FIM Grand Prix 750 campaign. Training aspiring Roadracers and competing in the Canadian Nationals PRO 500 class in 1994 Driving Cars & Trucks (Largest being 20’, 40 yrs.) Started riding 21 speed Mountain Bikes again in March 2012 quickly followed by my 1st escooter Stakeholders There are many of course, even the pedestrian and 2 wheeled groups have longstanding, well funded organizations that are actively lobbying to both promote their cause and it seems to try and influence Governments at all levels restrict the use of ebikes with it seems an unusual specific focus on escooters. If unopposed and successful, they
will reduce the legal range of escooters and add layers of cost for their operation in ways that will likely damage the eBike industry enough to effectively destroy it in Canada. Given the Ontario Governments commitment to promote Green transportation alternatives, I am hoping that escooters get a fair unemotional analysis based entirely on the facts. I also belong to the Toronto Electric Riders Assoc. We are a fledgling group, with no government funding in the process of a NFP incorporation with @ 800 members and associate members. See Appendix 1 Personal Experience and Recommendations Ebikes have only been around in volume for 5 years, yet the numbers on the streets in Toronto could double by next year. There are no degrees or certifications surrounding ebike expertise yet, people like myself who ride them every day and have personal history that positions them to see traffic and safety issues from other relevant perspectives that have quality insight. Ask yourself, ask their lobbyists how many days they commuted this winter on a ebike, or any bike for that matter, I ride one almost every day. Ebike or EScooter This seems to be a major bone of contention. The ebikes Mountain Bike /Open Frame configuration is more offroad friendly and for operation over sunken sewers, potholes and broken pavement (often found in bike lanes). The riding position is more effective for pedal assist and with pedals they can easily exceed the 32 KM limit as do other conventional bikes. I do not ride one and so my input is limited to escooters. I think they are good and have distance and speed advantages, and can go onto buses and subways. With regard to older cyclists’, they share some common weakness’ that make them more of a challenge for the older rider; they are much harder to balance while riding slow they force the user to dismount at each stop the riding position makes it difficult to look over ones shoulder the riding position makes it difficult to adjust the mirrors while in motion the rider is perched much higher off the ground
EScooters I was thrust suddenly onto a 21 speed (by the MOT) at the age of 57 because of a “Medical” issue, I quickly...
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