Segregated Mobility Scooter Lanes Beat Out Bikes
Maybe it’s the slippery slope down the mountain that got Councillor Terry Whitehead thinking about designated lanes, but at Monday’s council meeting, he wore his heart on his sleeve. “I love bikes, bike rights, but we have to prioritize and Hamiltonian mobility scooter drivers need a segregated lane. Period.”
Council narrowly voted in favour of a proposal to install a segregated scooter lane for scooters, stretching from Queen St to Parkdale Ave along Main and King St.
Councillor Jackson: “It’s all about equity.”
Councillor Tom Jackson put it plainly, “I’m over the moon about bike lanes – over the moon! – but for every bicycle downtown, a recent study showed, there are three mobility scooters. It’s all about equity.”
Councillor Brian McHattie sees things differently. “Bikes are ridiculous. We’ve moved on and we have gas-powered titans at our glove tips, now. I’m talking about cars! I only am voting for mobility scooters because they’re the most affordable form of Hamilton transit since weight-based bus fares kicked in.”
Allegations by community groups that organized crime is behind the move, given their interest in illegal scooter race gambling, have not been confirmed. No crime bosses could be reached for comment.