To: BC Premier John Horgan, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Rob Fleming
Allow mobility devices to use bike lanes
We the undersigned request that you:
1. allow users of electric wheelchairs, mobility scooters and other motorized mobility aids to use All Ages and Abilities bike lanes and other safe, separated on-road cycling facilities;
2. increase municipal funding for such facilities, as well as for wider sidewalks, prioritizing areas with high usage rates; and,
3. consult with disability organizations about how to further facilitate equitable access to publicly-owned transportation infrastructure.
Why is this important?
Not all disabled people can operate a car, or afford to own one. And sidewalks are often too narrow, and/or uneven for mobility aids.
The climate emergency requires that we give everyone the opportunity to travel using low-carbon modes of transportation.
Bike lanes host many types of users, who move at different speeds - including some with disabilities. Many cycling advocates and other organizations support access to cycling facilities by people using electric mobility aids.