Electric scooter users need training, safety group says
Some concerns are being raised amid the growing popularity of electric scooters on Regina roads and bike paths.
The scooters have pedals, are classified as bicycles, and there's no requirement for a licence or insurance. However, they have a top speed of 32 kilometres per hour.
Barry Muir, a spokesman with the Saskatchewan Safety Council, thinks there should be more instruction required to use battery-assisted bikes, just as there is for motorcycles.
"It does not look like a bicycle. It doesn't act like a bicycle. It doesn't ride like a bicycle. Therefore, I think it should be treated like a motorcycle," he said.
Muir says there is no need to register electric scooters, but says drivers should have some education on the rules of the road.
Larry Brabant, who sells electric scooters, says users should treat the vehicles as bicycles.
"Do not flow in the traffic. Do not endanger yourself by trying to travel in the traffic," Brabant said. And, as any bike rider would know, they should wear a helmet and stay off the sidewalk, he added.
Rob Hertzog, who sells Harley-Davidson motorcycles but is a fan of electric scooters as well, believes the devices are in a different league than bicycles.
"They are a bike, they've got a motor," he said. "As soon as you put a motor or something on it the reason you're doing that is to go faster and truck yourself along quicker. And they do go faster than someone pedaling."
Hertzog agrees with the Safety Council that some kind of training for electric bikes should be mandatory, just as it is for motorcycles.