Hoverboards Impact Pedestrians No More Than Joggers…
Aims of the study
The Victoria Transport Policy Institute carried out a study to determine the impact of Motorised Personal Transportation Devices (MPTD’s) on pedestrians, the results were found to be in favour of such devices. The study set out to explore the appropriate way to manager pavements, bike lanes, paths and trails taking into account the ever increasing diverse range of potential activities and modes of transport including scooters, bicycles and Swegways. It looked at the various types of activities and modes of transportation that may use these facilities. While also looking at and describing the general principles for planning, management and education strategies for minimising problems.
Conclusion of The Study
An increasing diversity of transportation including electrically powered devices are using facilities such as pavements, bicycle lanes, paths and trails. These different modes of transport provide numerous benefits to their end users and provide a substitute for automotive transport.
However they can also create conflict when used on crowded facilities and when end users fail to adhere to proper riding etiquette.
Some people would like to see the ban of these types of transportation on these facilities, however there are many areas where uncongested pavements, paths and trails exist and the use of these devices would pose little or no problem.
Other studies have proved that motorised personal transportation devices allow the end user a high degree of stability, more so than bicycles. Therefore it is unfair and inefficient to propose such restrictions on these modes of transportation simply because they are new.
The key factor in determining their impact is their overall effect in walking and driving. Supporters argue that they present a substitute of automotive transport and increase the public’s use of pavements, paths and trails. Their increased use also reduces congestion and pollution.
The study found that Motorised Personal Transportation Devices (MPTD’s) have a minimal impact on pedestrians, no more than joggers or runners and that bicycles have a greater impact and pose a greater risk to pedestrians.
The important factor for local authorities was found to be the development of clear policies taking into account the diverse nature of personal transportation used by society today, and to definition of clear rules and riding etiquette taking into account both the personal safety of the riders and that of the general public.
Local authorities should promote responsible behaviour and help users find appropriate locations for their activities, and where signs exist prohibiting the use of such modes of transportation they should also provide information indicating where their use is allowed. This strategy will help local authorities better manage public paths, increase user education and encourage responsible use of public paths and overall minimise potential issues.
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