York Urbanist

Trails – Mobility Devices

When can we allow Segways, or golf carts, or health related mobility devices? Here is a link: http://www.ada.gov/regs2010/smallbusiness/smallbusprimer2010.htm#wheelchairs . Another thorough source is: http://www.vtpi.org/man_nmt_fac.pdf

Advances in technology have given rise to new power-driven devices that are not necessarily designed for people with disabilities, but are being used by some people with disabilities for mobility. The term “other power-driven mobility devices” is used in the revised ADA regulations to refer to any mobility device powered by batteries, fuel, or other engines, whether or not they are designed primarily for use by individuals with mobility disabilities for the purpose of locomotion. Such devices include Segways®, golf cars, and other devices designed to operate in non-pedestrian areas. Public accommodations must allow individuals who use these devices to enter their premises unless the business can demonstrate that the particular type of device cannot be accommodated because of legitimate safety requirements. Such safety requirements must be based on actual risks, not on speculation or stereotypes about a particular class of devices or how they will be operated by individuals using them.

“(KAWARTHA LAKES) Police and community groups are trying to get the word out that if you use a scooter, you need to stay on the sidewalk wherever possible.
The tipping point in changing the way all motorized mobility aids should be used in Kawartha Lakes came last November, when a 91-year-old man on a scooter was hit and killed by a car at the intersection of Albert Street South and Sylvan Crescent, says Lynda Dasilva, who was a major player in changing the way the devices are used.
“They [the police], jumped on the issue and said that we have to do something,” she says, from her knowledge of being a co-chair of the Safe Communities initiative as well as a member of the Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Advisory Committee. …So with the support of Kawartha Lakes Police, the Kawartha Lakes Accessibility Committee requested that council repeal the bylaw in late spring, which it did in May.” http://www.mykawartha.com/article/1501797–if-you-ride-a-scooter-keep-it-to-the-sidewalk


Remember: It is not permissible to ask individuals about their disabilities, when asking about their mobility devices.