Ottawa Accessibility Commission Motion Calls for End to E-Scooter Program

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Ottawa Accessibility Commission Motion Calls for End to E-Scooter Program The Ottawa Accessibility Commission has recommended that the city end its e-scooter program next year. The motion was passed at a meeting on Wednesday, October 12, 2023. The commission cited several concerns with the program, including: * Accessibility issues: E-scooters are not accessible to people with mobility impairments, and have been parked in ways that block sidewalks and curb ramps. * Safety concerns: E-scooters have been involved in several accidents, including fatalities. * Lack of regulation: The city has not effectively regulated the program, leading to issues with parking, speeding, and underage riding. The commission’s motion recommends that the city end the e-scooter program in 2024. The city council will consider the motion at its next meeting. If the city council votes to end the program, it would be a major setback for those who have advocated for e-scooters as a convenient and eco-friendly transportation option. However, it would also address the concerns raised by the accessibility commission. The motion has sparked a debate among Ottawa residents. Some support the commission’s recommendation, while others argue that e-scooters are a benefit to the city. The city council will need to weigh these competing viewpoints before making a decision on the future of the program.Ottawa’s Accessibility Advisory Committee is considering a motion to request the city refrain from reintroducing electric scooters next year due to concerns regarding their potential risks to pedestrians and individuals with disabilities.Ottawa’s Accessibility Advisory Committee is considering a motion to request the city refrain from reintroducing electric scooters next year due to concerns regarding their potential risks to pedestrians and individuals with disabilities. Wayne Antle, a committee member, proposed the motion, arguing that the city’s efforts to address resident concerns have been insufficient in eliminating accessibility barriers posed by the scooters. Despite the city’s implementation of measures like banning sidewalk riding, designating parking areas, and adding audible sounds to warn pedestrians, the motion claims these changes have failed to prevent illegal sidewalk riding and parking, which pose risks to individuals. The committee had previously recommended against renewing the program in 2022 due to similar complaints about sidewalk hazards. However, Ottawa City Council opted to continue the program with modifications to address the concerns. The recent motion suggests that the changes have not been effective and that public input was not adequately considered in their implementation. It cites a city survey indicating that a significant number of respondents encountered improperly parked scooters and sidewalk riding. Despite the increased usage in 2023, with over 179,000 trips made, the motion highlights concerns about accessibility and safety for vulnerable populations. Council members are scheduled to vote on the future of the e-scooter program before the end of the current season in November. The Accessibility Committee will discuss and vote on the motion at its next meeting on June 18th.Ottawa’s Accessibility Advisory Committee has recommended that the city’s e-scooter program be terminated by the end of next year. The committee voted on Wednesday to send a report to city council recommending that the pilot program, which began in 2021, not be extended beyond its current end date of December 2023. The report cites concerns about the safety of e-scooters for people with disabilities, as well as their impact on the city’s streets and sidewalks. The committee heard from several people with disabilities who spoke about their experiences with e-scooters being left in the middle of sidewalks, blocking their paths. They also expressed concerns about the potential for collisions between e-scooters and pedestrians. The report also notes that e-scooters have been involved in a number of collisions with other vehicles and pedestrians in Ottawa. The committee’s recommendation will now go to city council for consideration. Council is expected to make a final decision on the future of the e-scooter program later this year.

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