Mo­tor­cy­cles, scoot­ers Can re­duce Con­ges­tion

Ottawa Citizen - - LETTERS -

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

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