Motorcycles, scooters Can reduce Congestion
Re: ARMCHAIR MAYOR: Fewer cars, more transit options would invigorate Ottawa, Oct. 9.
I was surprised to read about your suggestion for motorcycle routes. Motorcycles and scooters have been left out of all city transit plans for too long. For people who live too far from downtown to bicycle to work, or too far from mass-transit access points, scooters and motorcycles are a viable option for almost six months of the year.
They take up less space on our roads, put less wear and tear on our infrastructure, and are easier on the environment with fewer emissions. Why not allow motorcycles and scooters access to free parking, as many large cities do? Allow them to use HOV lanes on the Queensway, even with just a single rider? Allow them to “filter” through stopped traffic at red lights? These are all ways of reducing congestion.
The Rider Training Institute (RTI) in Toronto is working with Toronto city council to implement some changes in their city, with some success. I believe the changes they are considering could work very well here in Ottawa.
Jeff Schneider, Ottawa