The Future of Segways in Ontario
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Decision:
On June 20, 2011 Ontario Regulation 488/06, the Segway Pilot Project, was filed with the Registrar of Regulation. The regulation has been amended to extend the duration of the pilot two years, from October 19, 2011 to October 19, 2013. No additional modifications have been made. The pilot remains open to persons 14 years and older who have a condition that impairs mobility, Canada Post mail carriers, and police officers. The amended regulation will come into effect July 1, 2011.
February 9, 2011
Summary of Proposal:
The Segway Pilot Project regulation has been in place since October 19, 2006 and will expire on October 19, 2011. The pilot’s purpose was to determine Segway users’ ability to share sidewalks and roads safely with pedestrians and other road users.
The pilot is currently open to the following users on public roads:
• Any police officer using a Segway for law enforcement purposes or
• Any employee of Canada Post who delivers mail door to door, or
• Any person 14 years of age or older and who has a condition that impairs mobility.
In preparation for the expiry of the Segway Pilot Project, ministry staff have identified three likely (options) to address the future use of Segways. For detailed descriptions of these options, please see the attached. We invite you to submit your comments on these options or the use of Segways in general. Also attached is an optional questionnaire on Segways. These will be taken into consideration when deciding the future of Segways on public roads in Ontario.
Please note: The use of a Segway on sidewalks, paths, or trails typically falls under municipal authority and is usually regulated by the municipality through bylaws. As such, only comments about the use of Segways on public roads will be used to inform the outcome of the pilot.
Road Safety Policy Office – Vehicles, Room 212, Building "A", 1201 Wilson Ave. Downsview, ON, M3M 1J8
July 1, 2011