April 12, 2013

Segway Pilot Project Coming to an End

Being disabled certainly has its limitations, as we all know. Accessible transportation needs vary from long distance travel to shorter excursions within the neighbourhood and it’s for these shorter excursions where the Segway becomes the go-to device.

If you have been thinking about using a Segway for your personal needs, now is the time.

In 2006, the Ministry of Transportation made a commitment to creating a friendlier atmosphere of accessible transportation for disabled individuals in Ontario. This dedication was precipitated at the request of the disabled community to use Segways in place of wheelchairs. This pilot project was originally given a 5 year trial period. However, the MOT has extended the project until October of 2013 because participation has been limited.

Anyone can use a Segway. The law states you must be at least 14 years old and have a disability that impairs mobility. Use is restricted to the right shoulder of the road (absent of a sidewalk), certain sidewalks and walkways. Segways are not allowed on highways, nor on sidewalks or paths where prohibited by law.

Check with your local government to further explore use requirements and restrictions.

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