Up Against Well-Financed E-Scooter Corporate Lobbyists, Voters with Disabilities Press Municipal Candidates to Protect Them and Seniors from the Dangers to Safety and Accessibility Created by Electric Scooters – See What Candidates in Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Hamilton and London Pledged So Far

ACCESSIBILITY FOR ONTARIANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT ALLIANCE

NEWS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Up Against Well-Financed E-Scooter Corporate Lobbyists, Voters with Disabilities Press Municipal Candidates to Protect Them and Seniors from the Dangers to Safety and Accessibility Created by Electric Scooters – See What Candidates in Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Hamilton and London  Pledged So Far

 

October 2022, Toronto: In the October 24, 2022 municipal election campaign, people with disabilities have been forced to wage a grassroots campaign to protect themselves from proven serious dangers to their physical safety and accessibility, created by the silent menace of electric scooters. The well-funded e-scooter corporate lobbyists are at it again, trying to get municipal candidates to give priority to their profits over safety and accessibility for people with disabilities.

 

In Toronto, Ottawa, Mississauga, Hamilton and London, voters with disabilities are pressing candidates to oppose e-scooters in public places. They are asked to stand up for vulnerable people with disabilities and seniors, and to stand up to the e-scooter corporate lobbyists.

 

This news release makes public the responses received so far by the non-partisan AODA Alliance and the Alliance for Equality for Blind Canadians. These responses, set out below, include some candidates who commit to oppose e-scooters, some who support e-scooters and who parrot the e-scooter corporate lobbyists, and some who want more information. It includes one candidate, Ashan Fernando from the City of Toronto, who had earlier supported e-scooters at the request of the e-scooter corporate lobbyists, but changed their mind after learning about the dangers to people with disabilities, seniors and others. Another candidate, Steve Yuen, has both stated that he opposes e-scooters and that he supports e-scooters.

 

On May 5, 2021, as a major victory for people with disabilities, Toronto City Council unanimously voted not to allow e-scooters in public and not to conduct a pilot project. Terrified of the danger to them that e-scooters pose, people with disabilities worked hard to oppose the corporate lobbyists. After investing extensive work and time on this issue, City staff, Toronto’s Accessibility Advisory Committee and the Toronto Infrastructure Committee made strong recommendations to City Council against allowing e-scooters in Toronto, and against conducting a pilot project. In the same direction, an impressive spectrum of disability advocates told Toronto’s Infrastructure Committee that Toronto City Council must not unleash dangerous electric scooters in Toronto (now banned, unless Council legalizes them).

 

The e-scooter corporate lobbyists are trying to get candidates to overturn all that work. A City Staff Report, which the Toronto City Council unanimously supported, amply shows e-scooters endanger public safety in places allowing them. Riders and innocent pedestrians get seriously injured or killed. They especially endanger seniors and people with disabilities. Blind people can’t tell when silent e-scooters rocket at them at over 20 KPH, driven by unlicensed, untrained, uninsured, unhelmetted fun-seeking riders. Left strewn on sidewalks, e-scooters are tripping hazards for blind people and accessibility nightmares for wheelchair users.

 

Toronto City Council was told that Toronto has been getting less accessible to people with disabilities. Allowing e-scooters would make that worse. Toronto City Council was also told over and over that it accomplishes nothing to just ban e-scooters from sidewalks. Toronto’s City Staff Report documents the silent menace of e-scooters continue to be ridden on sidewalks in cities that just ban them from sidewalks. We would need cops on every block. Toronto law enforcement told City Councilors that they have no resources to enforce new e-scooter regulations.

 

“E-scooters would impose significant costs on taxpayers for new law enforcement, OHIP for treating those injured by e-scooters, lawsuits by the injured, etc.,” said David Lepofsky, chair of the non-partisan AODA Alliance. “Two years ago, the AODA Alliance exposed the stunning well-funded behind-the-scenes feeding frenzy of back-room pressure that corporate lobbyists for e-scooter rental companies inundated Toronto City Hall with for months.”

 

Despite efforts by people with disabilities and seniors, Ottawa gave in to the e-scooter corporate lobbyists and allowed e-scooters for three years. Ottawa’s pilot project proved that e-scooters create the very dangers for which we had warned Ottawa City Council. Mississauga City Council received a City Staff report earlier this year that marginalizes these serious dangers, and parrots the party line from the e-scooter corporate lobbyists.

 

Disability advocates are working hard to get Ottawa’s, Mississauga’s, Hamilton’s and London’s next City Councils to stand up to the e-scooter corporate lobbyists, as Toronto City Council did last year. They are trying to ensure that Toronto does not undo last year’s major victory for people with disabilities . They are also trying to get Toronto to at last start to enforce the ban on e-scooters, which are now being illegally ridden around the city with seeming impunity.

 

Contact: AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky, aodafeedback@gmail.com

Twitter: @aodaalliance

 

For more background, check out:

 

 

Responses From Candidates for Toronto City Council

 

October 8, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Robin Buxton Potts

 

From: Robin Buxton Potts <contact@voterbp.ca>

Sent: October 8, 2022 3:34 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

I commit to uphold the TAAC and City Council decision not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others.

 

 

Stay safe everyone. Be kind to each other, and to yourselves.

 

In solidarity,

 

 

Robin Buxton Potts

City Councillor Candidate

University Rosedale, Ward 11

VoteRBP.ca

647-923-7137

 

 

October 8, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Walter Alvarez

 

From: Walter Alvarez <alvarez4councillor@gmail.com>

Sent: October 8, 2022 3:40 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

I read the material and your website, you have my support, escooters in public places sound like a danger for vulnerable people,

Walter Alvarez-Bardales

 

 

October 8, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Virginia Jones

 

From: virginia@virginiajones.ca <virginia@virginiajones.ca>

Sent: October 8, 2022 3:51 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Please remove me from your mass email list.

All lobbying of candidates is inappropriate and unethical. If you participate in it, you are part of the problem not the solution.

I receive dozens of these emails every day, wasting my time, clogging my email and mind, preventing purpose of campaign, to get out to each of the residents of the ward to save this city.

Attached is the canvas card of the good candidate for Ward 23 Scarborough.

If you want to be part of positive good, share with voters. If not, then realize why have what we have and deserve what get.

Thank you.

 

October 8, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Kyle Enslen

 

From: Kyle Enslen <contact@vote4enslen.ca>

Sent: October 8, 2022 3:39 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Hello David, unfortunately i can not agree with this, as I myself use one currently to get to and from work. I do believe that they should be enforced to drive on the road the same as bikes, as well as walking along when on a sidewalk. At the current time, it is as illegal to drive a scooter on the road as it is on the sidewalk, which leads to incredibly careless behaviour for those who use them. We need to support safer and proper bike lane infrastructure so that those who choose to use transport in this way have the safe means to do so. I do agree that the rental companies should not be supported downtown, our Toronto bike share program should fulfill the need for people to get around, especially as they are expanding the number of electric bikes available next year.

 

The solution to these issues is more proper bike lane infrastructure so that people can feel safe riding on the street, as well as proper enforcement of those joy riding on sidewalks.

Sorry we disagree on this matter, but I sincerely wish you the best.

 

Kyle

 

October 8, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from John Genser

 

From: jwgenser@yahoo.ca <jwgenser@yahoo.ca>

Sent: October 8, 2022 4:35 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Hi

 

I’m sympatric to and leaning towards supporting your position but I’m not prepared to fully endorse it with a blank cheque.

 

If the issue comes up I will look at all sides and make a final decision but I will be leaning towards making it in your favour.

 

Thank you

 

John Genser Candidate for City of Toronto Council Ward 1 Etobicoke North

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC by John Genser

 

From:

jwgenser@yahoo.ca

<jwgenser@yahoo.ca>

 

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 6:44 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

Hi

 

I’m not a fan of e-scooters so I will likely be supportive of your position.

 

John Genser

Candidate for Toronto City Council Ward 1

 

 

October 10, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Steve Yuen

 

Hi David

 

This is my second response to your attention…I am a huge advocate of your cause and continue to support you!

cheers and thanks

 

Steve

 

to follow go to…

www.steveyuen.ca

 

October 12, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Steve Yuen

 

From: Steve Yuen <syuen211@gmail.com>

Sent: October 12, 2022 11:19 AM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Sorry

 

I actually do support e Scooters but they need to be licenced and regulated for safety for all.

 

Steve Yuen

www.steveyuen.ca

 

 

October 11, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Gary Crawford

 

From: Gary Crawford <contact@garycrawford.ca>

Sent: October 11, 2022 9:34 AM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: RE: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

City Council voted to ban electric scooters, and I support the decision.

 

Sincerely,

 

Gary Crawford Campaign

 

October 11, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Frank Marra

 

From: Frank Marra <marra_f@hotmail.com>

Sent: October 11, 2022 10:50 AM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Dear David,

 

I would not support the lifting on the ban on e-scooters in Toronto. I long ago realized the danger they pose to disabled persons and the fact that there is no licensing or insurance requirement is a ghastly oversight.

 

You have my permission to include my comments, without edit, in anyway you see fit.

 

best regards,

 

Frank Marra

Candidate for Councillor, Ward 19 Beaches East-York

 

October 11, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Ausma Malik

 

From: Ausma Malik for Ward 10 <info@ausma.ca>

Sent: October 11, 2022 12:48 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Hello David,

 

Thanks so much for reaching out and for your advocacy on this issue.

 

Ausma is in definite support of the the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance and would oppose any attempts to lift the ban on e-scooters. It is critical that our streets and sidewalks are safe and accessible for all.

 

Best,

 

-Team Ausma

Ausma Malik for City Councillor

Ward 10 Spadina—Fort York

Campaign office: 647.955.2097

ausma.ca

 

 

October 11, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Bill Wu

 

From: Bill Wu <bill@torontochinese.ca>

Sent: October 11, 2022 12:45 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Thank you for the information.

 

I will do more research on this issue.

 

Take care,

 

Bill Wu

416 4500826

 

October 10, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Adam Golding

 

From: Adam Golding <adamgolding@gmail.com>

Sent: October 10, 2022 5:25 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Are you in communication with https://twitter.com/TO_EScooterNet ?

 

October 11, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Adam Golding

 

From: Adam Golding <adamgolding@gmail.com>

Sent: October 11, 2022 12:12 AM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Ok, I tried to make a connect here: Adam Golding on Twitter: “@aodaalliance @TO_EScooterNet you need to talk. Your pledges don’t seem compatible with one another but with some changes they may be… what do you both think?” / Twitter please follow up there?

 

Cheers!

-Adam

 

adamgolding.ca for Ward 11 (University-Rosedale)

 

 

October 18, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Adam Golding

 

From: Adam Golding <adamgolding@gmail.com>

Sent: October 18, 2022 1:41 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Re: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

My position is the same as Norm’s that a total ban is not justified but that neither is lifting the ban if disability groups are not consulted. So I am attempting to begin that consultation process by putting you in touch with the group that wants the ban lifted, who has already endorsed me. I am someone who could have used an e-scooter when CPPS had made me very disabled and made it hard to walk. I was fired from the NDP for standing up for what their disability committee had said so I want to assure you that I am here with you in this fight, but that I don’t support total bans of things, as an anarchist, until the alternatives are explored. Let us explore them and my hope is to set up a meeting between the two interest groups.

 

Happy to chat today at SIX Degrees: Toronto Talks Election 2022 Tickets, Tue, 18 Oct 2022 at 5:00 PM | Eventbrite

 

 

October 12, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Mike Arkin

 

Mr. Lepofsky,

 

Thanks for your interest in my campaign.

 

I have the greatest respect for you and your inestimable advocacy for those with disabilities. Your tireless battles against the TTC, to get it to announce

transit stops, are legendary. I deeply admire you and your advocacy.

 

Accordingly, it is with considerable difficulty that I must decline the commitment you seek.

 

My principal platform policy is an insistence on safe streets. As you may know, more than 1500 people were killed or seriously injured on Toronto streets

since the last election. I believe that this abominable state of affairs is caused by a fixation with moving motor vehicles, rather than with moving people.

In Toronto, Vision Zero has really been Zero Vision.

 

A true Vision Zero puts active transportation (walking, wheel-chair use, cycling, and even e-scooters) at its heart.

 

Central to a true Vision Zero is (1) determined and rigorous enforcement of the rules; and (2) reconfiguration of streets to be “complete.” (Complete streets

are designed for all—young and old, disabled and abled—with inviting, wide sidewalks; street furniture like benches and water fountains; trees and other

greenery for protection from rain, wind, and the sun; protected bike lanes; reserved bus lanes; and safe intersections.)

 

On a complete street, e-scooters could be operated safely in protected bike lanes.

 

Please allow me to stress that I consider determined and rigorous enforcement of the rules to be paramount. That includes rules forbidding both the riding

and parking of e-scooters on sidewalks. As councillor, I would work tirelessly and forcefully for meaningful, immediate enforcement.

 

I understand your concern that e-scooters are silent. I would require that all e-scooters have sound emitters, just as is proposed federally for electric

cars.

 

In closing, I reiterate my personal respect for you and your advocacy, and thank you for your interest in my campaign.

Mike Arkin

Councillor Candidate for Ward 6–York Centre

mike.arkin.ca

(416) 800-2802

 

October 17 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Donna Braniff

 

From: Donna Braniff <dmbraniff12@gmail.com>

Sent: October 17, 2022 8:18 PM

To: aodafeedback@gmail.com

Subject: Hi from Donna Braniff..Fwd: Please commit not to allow electric scooters in public places in Toronto, which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others

 

Hi David,

 

Thanks for your email.

 

I live on Danforth Avenue at Woodbine and we have many challenges with e-scooters, electric bicycles that use both the sidewalks and bicycle lanes. The seniors in the area have relayed to me the same concerns that you are fighting for.

 

With that said, I would not support lifting the ban on e-scooters in public places in Toronto.

 

Yours truly,

 

Donna Braniff

Candidate for Councillor, Ward 19

donnabraniff.ca

416-705-2940

 

 

October 18, 2022 Email to AEBC from Basil Canning

 

From: Basil Canning <basiljcanning@gmail.com>

Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 9:40 AM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

I have requested that the e-scooter endorsement be taken down and I will look into the safety concerns you brought forth. Thank you for bringing these issues to my attention.

 

Sincerely’

Basil Canning

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC from Ricardo Santos

 

From: Ricardo Santos <

ricardo@rsantos.ca>

 

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 6:42 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

Hey, I agree with you and if elected I will oppose. A danger to everyone even the rider .

 

Ricardo

 

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC from Steven Leca

 

From: Steven Leca <

stevenlecato@gmail.com>

 

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 7:00 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

 

I have no desire to let corporate entities dictate my decision. I know the disaster left behind in San Fransico with all the kick e-scooters left on the

streets. My pledge is not to legalize kickstand e-scooters which is what you

are advocating not to have on the sidewalks, which I agree shouldn’t be allowed. I want to see some plans for motorcycle e-scooters and e-bikes, which

will use bike lanes and not be allowed on sidewalks.

 

I have a family member that has a disability, so I completely understand where you are coming from. Still, other forms of e-scooters need to be looked

at as there is a formidable form of transportation for someone who does

not have access to a car. Sorry for the confusion. I am on your side when it comes to kickstand e-scooters.

 

Thanks,

Steven

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC from Andrei Zodian

 

From: Andrei Zodian 2022 <

andrei22@zodian.net>

 

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 7:26 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

Yes, I have already replied as such to Mr Lepofsky with AODA:

 

I am glad to learn about your organisation. Thank you for contacting me.

 

Cheers,

 

Andrei Zodian

https://2022.vote.andrei.zodian.net

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC from Wendy Weston

 

From: Wendy Weston <

wleew@wendyweston.com>

 

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 7:37 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

Hi Marcia,

 

Thank you for your email and the work you do for blind, deafblind or partially sighted, and those who have other disabilities.

 

To be honest, and as you know they do, the e-scooter network has asked me (and other candidates for election) to sign a pledge to legalize e-scooters if

elected.

 

I have not pledged alliance to the E-Scooter network.

 

I do have further questions about e-scooters and I recognize the challenges that they pose to pedestrians, cyclists and of course, those who are vision

and/or hearing impaired. I wonder what the insurance situation is like for riders and for motorists who might be involved in a collision with an e-scooter.

I also wonder what the strategy would be to educate users (of e-scooters, if they’re legalized) and the general public.

 

Thanks again for your email and advocacy.

 

Sincerely,

Wendy

 

www.WendyWeston.com

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC from Ashan Fernando

 

From: Ashan Fernando <

ashanfernando4change@rogers.com>

 

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 8:32 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

Hello Marcia:

 

Thank you for your email. As A Mental/Disability Advocate For The Vulnerable People I stand with them shoulder to shoulder. My Campaign Team made the decision

to support E-scooters however this is not what I can morally support to legalize e-scooters in Toronto.

 

I withdraw my campaign’s support after careful consideration of the vulnerable people that it will impact. I stand with people with disabilities and their

concerns.

 

Together we will make Toronto safe for everyone.

 

Sincerely,

 

Ashan Fernando (He/Him)

 

City Of Toronto Councillor Candidate For Ward 25, Scarborough-Rouge Park.

 

electashanfernando.com

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC from Chris Noor

 

From: Chris Noor <

chrisnoor49@gmail.com>

 

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 8:48 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

they will get use to the scooters in time ,cut the public sidewalk in half.

 

October 17, 2022 Email to the AEBC from Chris Noor

 

From: Chris Noor <

chrisnoor49@gmail.com>

 

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 9:14 PM

To: Marcia Yale (AEBC)

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

good for disability accessibility.

 

 

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC from Steve Thompson

 

From: Lindsay Thompson <

Info@votestevethompson.ca>

 

Sent: Monday, October 17, 2022 8:52 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

Hi Marcia,

 

I will commit to not supporting lifting any bans on e-scooters. Too often people with disabilities are overlooked in city planning and that needs to end.

 

Thank you for reaching out.

 

Steve Thompson

www.votestevethompson.ca

647-321-5153

 

 

October 19, 2022 Email to AEBC from Josh Matlow

 

From: Josh Matlow <

vote@joshmatlow.com>

 

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 1:56 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

 

Thank you for your email and advocacy! Josh will be supporting staff recommendations and will not vote in favour of reopening the ban on e-scooters.

 

Sincerely,

Josh Matlow Re-Election Campaign Team

 

October 18, 2022 Email to AEBC from muhammad Ayub

 

From: muhammad Ayub <

VOTE4MUHAMMAD@hotmail.com>

 

Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 10:24 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

agreed with your concerns.

 

Thanks

 

Muhammad Ayub

 

October 19, 2022 Email to AEBC from Paula Fletcher

 

From: Paula Fletcher <

info@paulafletcher.com>

 

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 2:11 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

Dear Marcia Yale,

 

Thank you for your advocacy on this important issue and the great work of the Alliance for Equality of Blind Canadians.

 

I have shared your comments with Paula Fletcher. She has committed that she won’t support any proposals for Toronto to lift the ban on riding an electric scooter (e-scooter) in public places in Toronto.

 

Best,

 

Daryl Finlayson

Campaign Manager

Paula Fletcher Campaign

898 Danforth Avenue

416-461-3100

info@paulafletcher.com

www.paulafletcher.com

 

October 18, 2022 Email to AEBC from Arber Puci

 

From: arber puci <

arber.puci@outlook.com>

 

Sent: Tuesday, October 18, 2022 6:01 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: Do not lift the E-Scooter ban!

 

Hi Marcia,

 

You have my support to try to keep the streets safe for everyone, including people with disabilities.

 

Thanks

Arber

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Tweets from Toronto Candidates to the AODA Alliance or AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky

 

Dionne Renee [mayoral candidate]:

@DavidLepofsky @fordnation @HonDavidOnley #Accessibility is right— not an option!

 

Chris Noor [councillor candidate Ward 1]:

@DavidLepofsky Cut the sidewalk in half. [10/12]

 

James Pasternak [councillor candidate Ward 6]:

@DavidLepofsky My position hasn’t changed.”[10/12]

(Note: He had voted against e-scooters last year)

 

Pierre Therrien [councillor candidate Ward 11]:

@DavidLepofsky I can promise to unravel the logic. Would you like me to engage you?

@DavidLepofsky I can commit to untangling your logic. I’m quite Liberal.

@DavidLepofsky I can give you a reasonable solution. [10/12]

 

Amber Morley [councillor candidate Ward 3]:

@DavidLepofsky Thank you for your important advocacy, David. You’ve been a strong supporter of accessibility and safety for many years. E-scooters do create new safety concerns for pedestrians and bikes, and as you have pointed out, particularly for people living with disabilities 1/

@DavidLepofsky The challenge is that e-scooters are not covered by the provincial legislation, so what is and isn’t “motorized” needs to be expanded at the legislative level. 2/

@DavidLepofsky When in office, I’d advocate for regulation, including protected sidewalks and bike lanes that ensure a safe commute for all who use our city streets. Thank you for highlighting this, and for your work. [10/13]

 

Andrei Zodian [councillor candidate Ward 10]:

@DavidLepofsky I comit to consult with you and #AODA in regards to decisions that may affect seniors #CARP and people with #disability. Thank you for all your work in #Toronto and #Ontario! #2f #TOpoli #ONpoli #disabilityinclusion #DisabilityRights #disabilities #VisionZero [10/13]

 

:Adam Golding [councillor candidate Ward 11]:

@DavidLepofsky I’ve asked @TO_EScooterNet to enter into dialouge with your group… any progress? You’ll see I mentioned this in https://soundcloud.com/adam-golding-562541435/ward-11-debate-3-university-rosedale [10/13]

 

Laura-Maria Nikolareizi [councillor candidate Ward 10]:

@DavidLepofsky Hello David,We spoke for 45 mins. Current Toronto City Council unanimously voted to reinforce the City’s commitment to safety & accessibility for people, especially seniors & those living w/ disabilities,in Toronto by voting not to opt-in to the provincial e-scooter pilot.

@DavidLepofsky Offering safe, sustainable and modern transportation options to Toronto residents & visitors remains an important priority for the City to be also a net-zero city.#Roadsafety #seniorssafety #disabilityinclusion #AODA #TOpoli #NetZero #carbonfootprint #bikesafety @LMN4AWARD10 https://t.co/r7OwimYslF [10/13]

 

Thomas Yanuziello [councillor candidate Ward 2]:

@DavidLepofsky First the facts:

“The new report has revealed that electric scooters have an incident rate of 0.66 collisions for every million miles travelled, five times lower than bikes, with 3.33 collisions per million miles travelled.”

https://www.moveelectric.com/e-scooters/new-study-finds-e-scooters-are-five-times-safer-bikes

@DavidLepofsky In the near future, Toronto will have complete streets with separate lanes dedicated to e-bikes and e-scooters. In most cases, they will not occupy the same space as pedestrians, including people with disabilities and seniors. Safer street design will lead to fewer incidents. Vote Thomas Oct24!: @DavidLepofsky Complete streets will require less maintenance due to fewer cars driving on them, saving the city and taxpayers money. Fewer injuries also saves hospital beds and provincial taxes too.

I’m not sure who these corporate lobbyists are that you’re referring to. [10/13]

 

Axel Arvizu [councillor candidate Ward 11]:

@DavidLepofsky I believe scooters are a good, environmentally friendly and economical mode of transportation. it is true that they might be a hazard, however I believe in regulating them like having maximum speeds, not allowing them on sidewalks, mandatory safety equipment

@DavidLepofsky I’ll be happy to chat. I believe we can make scooters and city infrastructure a safe mode of transportation while keeping people safe including seniors…

@DavidLepofsky I agree with you that scooters should be banned from riding on sidewalks and ticketed, and perhaps even impounded if driving them carelessly. However they provide an affordable, environmentally friendly and convenient form of transportation, specially to young people. [10/13]

 

April Engelberg [councillor candidate Ward 10]: :

@DavidLepofsky Thanks for reaching out. I will check out your website. Let me know if you want to have a phone call and I’ll set it up. 10/13

 

Basil Canning [councillor candidate Ward 6]:

@DavidLepofsky Hello David,

I will have a look at this matter and I do realize now that there where many concerns I hadn’t considered. I just wanted send a quick email to let let you know you have my attention. Thank you. [10/13]

 

Arber Puci [councillor candidate Ward 10]:

@DavidLepofsky Just for my understanding and knowledge David how did the previous concill propose to enforce the ban? I think i need to do some more research on this topic. [10/14]

 

Simon Fogel [councillor candidate Ward 9]:

@DavidLepofsky While I personally dislike e-scooters it is neither feasible nor ethical for government to restrict them. [10/14]

 

Steven Leca [councillor candidate Ward 9]:

@DavidLepofsky I agree that e-scooter should be banned as they are usually ridden on sidewalks but I support e-bikes as a mode of transportation. [10/14]

 

Norm Di Pasquale [councillor candidate Ward 11]:

@aodaalliance Hi! Thank you for your advocacy. I have not signed the escooter pledge for the reasons you’ve outlined. [10/11]

 

Habiba Desai [councillor candidate Ward 24]:

@aodaalliance Dear @aodaalliance I commit to not lift the ban on e-scooters until City Councilors treat accessibility as a basic human right and provide mobile-councilor services along with a 24/hour office for residents to always have their place heard while being comfortable and respected. 6 days ago from Twitter Web App

@aodaalliance I will always fight for the most vulnerable people. I will not lift the ban, however my opponent – the incumbent since 2006 has agreed to lift the ban just to get the votes of some of Toronto’s poorest people who suffer from bad transit because he voted against a subway. https://t.co/rkY34ztxaV

@aodaalliance The problem is people like the incumbent Paul who was on City Council voting for the ban on e-scooters and now promises to lift it just to win voters who are suffering from no subway in Scarborough because he voted against it. To not care about another’s pain, is bad karma. https://t.co/Ln1MkbAqwJ

@aodaalliance you can count on me to make sure this City protects you! I can always promise that and I will just use my own salary which is tax-payer money to do it because it is everyone’s basic human right to be able to speak on their own behalf with dignity and comfort. I care

@aodaalliance did any other City Councillor promise to use their own salary/tax-payer money to create an accessible Councilor office where any resident, any time, any language can get help? I have your back 100% everyday and every night. Vote DESAI Ward 24. #guildwood #topoli

@aodaalliance I feel your pain, we are fighting for the most vulnerable. I have already promised to use my own salary to make my councilor office accessible to everyone by adding mobile services, 24-hour office and every language including sign-language.

@aodaalliance I have already promised to use my own salary to make my councillor office accessible to everyone by adding mobile services, 24-hour office and every language including sign-language. Check me out http://www.desaihabiba.com [10/12]

 

Dianne Saxe [councillor candidate Ward 11]:

@aodaalliance E scooters do not belong on sidewalks. Rental systems that allow them to be dropped off anywhere, without a dedicated docking station, cause enormous problems and should not be allowed in Toronto [10/13]

 

Adam Smith [councillor candidate Ward 19]:

@aodaalliance Not sure who suggested it, but I was very clear to the E-Scooter network, they need to be highly regulated and are only appropriate for certain spaces, certainly NOT on roads. However, I don’t see how they’re anymore dangerous than skateboards or other similar means of movement. [10/13]

 

Caroline Murphy [councillor candidate Ward 13]:

@aodaalliance Thank you so much for your tweet and yes, would love an opportunity to chat with you. Please email me at info@carolinemurphy.ca so we can arrange a time that suits. Again – thank you for reaching out. Caroline [10/15]

 

 

Responses from Candidates for Ottawa City Council

 

October 16, 2022 Email to the AEBC from John Redins

 

From: John Redins <

john@johnredins.com>

 

Sent: October 16, 2022 12:51 PM

 

Thank you for your email. As a candidate with a disability who uses a walker, I saw it firsthand last year blocking access on sidewalks downtown and working

for Accessnow an app mapping our city for accessibility. I made a presentation to the disability advisory committee about the issue and was disappointed

that the council ignored the recommendations. It showed people with disabilities are not taking this seriously in this city. Another example is accessibility

taxis residents and guests have been left stranded because of the bureaucracy of waiting for a report to be put over for the next term of council.

We need a voice at the table and that is why I am running. I lost a friend to suicide in Gloucester Southgate because our public Para transit service didn’t

have a ride for him when he needed it.

 

Things have to change! Hope this answers your email.

 

Regards

 

John Redins

johnredins.com

 

October 16, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Peter Karwacki

 

From: Peter Karwacki <peterkarwacki.overbrook@gmail.com>
Sent: October 16, 2022 7:57 PM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

I would not ban scooters. I would insist on education and bylaw enforcement.

 

Peter

 

October 16, 2022 Email to AEBC from Peter Karwacki

 

From: Peter Karwacki <

peterkarwacki.overbrook@gmail.com>

 

Sent: October 16, 2022 1:09 PM

Subject: Re: Use of E-scooters in Ottawa

 

No… public education and enforcement are the keys.

 

Its people.

 

Peter

 

October 17, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Kevin Setia

 

Hello Mr. Lepofsky,

 

Thanks for reaching out.

 

E Scooters pilots have been proven to be a failure so far and has resulted in many accidents due to issues like parking, riding on sidewalks. I am not in favor of these E Scooters and won’t be supporting these E Scooters in public places in Ottawa.

Regards

Kevin

Kevin Setia

Candidate-Councillor-Ward21

www.kevinsetia.ca

 

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC from Rouba Fattal

 

From: Dr. Rouba Fattal <

info@roubafattal.ca>

 

Sent: October 17, 2022 11:17 AM

Subject: Re: Use of E-scooters in Ottawa

 

 

My answer to your question is that no, I will continue to allow e-scooters in public spaces.

 

My experience with the scooters have been very positive. They do not function if people use them on sidewalks, and the Bird scooters make a loud pinging noise as you ride them. I agree that the city could do more with the scooter providers to help make sure that they are being stored properly, and perhaps

levy stricter fines on people who do not use them responsibly. Ultimately, I think these scooters are used responsibly by a majority of people, and are a great addition to tourism in Ottawa.

 

Thank you for reaching out to me to share your concerns. I promise to keep them in mind once elected to council.

 

Kind regards –

https://www.RoubaFattal.ca/

Councillor Candidate for Kanata South

 

October 17, 2022 Email to AEBC from Taylor Houstoun

 

From: Taylor Houstoun <

taylor.h.ottawa@gmail.com>

 

Sent: October 17, 2022 9:40 AM

Subject: Re: Use of E-scooters in Ottawa

 

I don’t know enough about the details of the issue from all sides to commit either way, or to figure out a reasonable alternative and it’s too late in the campaign now to spend the time researching the issue (it’s pretty much full day canvassing and sign-placing now with no time for policy analysis at this stage).

 

Sorry for the non-answer, I know it isn’t what you hoped for.

 

Cheers,

Taylor

 

 

October 17, 2022 Email to the AEBC from Kim Leclerc

 

From: Kim Leclerc <

kim@kimleclerc.ca>

 

Sent: October 17, 2022 4:58 PM

Subject: Re: Use of E-scooters in Ottawa

 

 

As a director on the board of CNIB Deafblind community services, I am very aware of these issues.

 

Cities like them very much because they require little commitment. However, I believe that electric scooters are not a suitable mobility solution for the

needs and issues we have.

 

Although more complicated to set up, especially because they require fixed stations, electrically assisted bicycles (which require the user to pedal) are better adapted to our needs. The combination of bike and docking station will minimise the risks for disabled people while offering a complementary sustainable mobility solution that our city needs and has been seeking for years.

 

Never hesitate to reach me.

 

Have a nice day!

 

October 17, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Kim Leclerc

 

Hi David,

 

As a director on the board of CNIB Deafblind community services, I am very aware of these issues. Also, having been in charge of the parliamentary adoption

of Canada’s first federal Accessibility Act and subsequently an advisor to the Minister for Seniors, I understand the importance of early consultation.

 

Cities like them very much because they require little commitment. However, I believe that electric scooters are not a suitable mobility solution for the needs and issues we have.

 

Although more complicated to set up, especially because they require fixed stations, electrically assisted bicycles (which require the user to pedal) are better adapted to our needs. The combination of bike and docking station will minimise the risks for person with disabilities while offering a complementarysustainable mobility solution that our city needs and has been seeking for years.

 

However, this is a solution that should be discussed with the different representative groups to ensure that all angles are covered.

 

Never hesitate to reach me.

 

Have a nice day!

 

October 18, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Peter Zanette

 

From: Peter Zanette <zanetterideaurockcliffe@gmail.com>
Sent: October 18, 2022 10:27 AM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

I support this. Accessibility is successability

Peter.

 

 

October 20, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Ade Olumide

 

From: Ade Olumide <endottawaelectiongambling@outlook.com>
Sent: October 18, 2022 11:25 AM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

Dear David Lepofsky CM, O. Ont

Chair Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance

 

Please be advised that Mayoral Candidate Ade Olumide is a yes to “will you commit to stand up to e-scooter corporate lobbyists? Will you stand up for the safety of the many vulnerable people with disabilities, seniors and others who don’t want to be injured by e-scooters? He commits to a study to determine which public spaces can be designated for the use of e-scooters…

 

 

Ade Olumide Mayoral Campaign

@ottawacityethic

 

 

October 18, 2022 Email to AEBC by Catherine McKenney

 

From: Policy Team <policy@mckenney2022.ca>
Sent: October 18, 2022 2:16 PM
Subject: Re: Use of E-scooters in Ottawa

 

Dear Alan,

 

Thank you very much for reaching out to Catherine and the campaign team.

 

Catherine met several times with the Ottawa branch of the CNIB and worked with the City of Ottawa’s Disability Advisory Committee to consider the impact of e-scooters on vision-impaired residents and other residents with disabilities.

As a result of those meetings, Catherine voted against the e-scooter pilot projects every time the issue came to Council. Catherine believes that e-scooters can be a viable alternative to private car use, but the ongoing problems with mis-parked scooters and scooters being ridden

on the sidewalks are simply too dangerous for vulnerable residents, including those with disabilities.

 

 

We appreciate you taking the time to connect with Catherine and the campaign team.

Please be sure to sign up for updates or to volunteer: https://www.mckenney2022.ca/get_involved

Regards,
Team McKenney

 

 

 

October 19, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Miranda Gray

 

From: Miranda Gray <miranda4ottawa@gmail.com>
Sent: October 19, 2022 10:47 AM
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

Hi, David,

 

Yes, I have already spoken against e-scooters on sidewalks.

 

It is the wrong last mile rental program. We ought to have a docked bike or ebike program instead.

Thanks

Miranda Gray

Candidate for Ward 11 Beacon Hill – Cyrville

 

October 20, 2022 Email from Rawlson King

 

 

From: Rawlson King Campaign <info@rawlsonking.ca>
Sent: October 20, 2022 7:06 AM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: RE: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

David: At Council, while I had acknowledged that there had been significant improvement in the electric scooter program and that it has clear benefits to reaching the City’s climate and transportation goals, it was not possible for me to support the pilot program going forward given the position of the City’s Accessibility Advisory Committee.

 

No matter how many or few residents are being challenged or endangered by e-scooters, those experiences cannot be discounted. No matter how fast the response time is to a mis-parked scooter, it only takes a few minutes of a scooter parked in the wrong place to create a hazard. While I would like to see this technology work and be used safely, I believe it is my responsibility to listen to the vulnerable members of our community.

 

That is why I voted against the extension of the program as the sitting Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward this past March.

Thanks and Regards,

Rawlson

Rawlson King Campaign for City Councillor in Rideau-Rockcliffe, Ward 13

info@rawlsonking.ca
www.rawlsonking.ca

 

Tweets from Ottawa Candidates to the AODA Alliance or to AODA Alliance Chair David Lepofsky

 

Pat McGarry [councillor candidate Ward 8]:

@DavidLepofsky Good Morning and thank you for your patience in my reply. This is my friend Brent, who passed away April 2021 of ALS. He lived in Hintonburg where ++ e-scooters are used.

I had first hand experience with e-scooter v power wheelchair when out with Brent. /1 https://t.co/KMzWOvfILe

@DavidLepofsky Early on, e-scooters could be left anywhere and were. Correct me if I’m wrong, but this last summer, geographical parking parameters were set so they couldn’t be left in the middle of the sidewalk? /2

@DavidLepofsky The thing with e-scooter is that they are reliable, affordable transit & perhaps have space for users but certainly need to be managed better. Geofenced docking areas would be a start. /3

@DavidLepofsky Enforcement and education may play a part in keeping most users off of sidewalks. Like anything else, most users are respectful, 10% ruin it for everyone else and that’s where bylaw/police or more geofencing may play a part to keep community safe. /4 [10/14]

 

Atiq Qureshi [councillor candidate Ward 24]:

@DavidLepofsky Any issue which endanger any community, does not matter how strong the lobby is, I will oppose it. If safety is not proven or concerns of all parties not addressed, I will not endorse it. [10/14]

 

Wilson Lo [councillor candidate Ward 24]:

@DavidLepofsky Hi David. I only started researching this recently after a resident shared similar concerns. I’ll continue doing so over the next while without forgetting the concerns of those with accessibility needs. [10/14]

 

 

 

Responses from Candidates for Mississauga City Council

 

 

October 16, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Hamid Akbar

 

From: Hamid Akbar <hakbarca@yahoo.com>
Sent: October 16, 2022 10:28 PM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

Good evening,

I will stand up against e-scooter and support our vulnerable, disabled and seniors.

I am with you guys.

You can count on me.

Sincerely,

Hamid Akbar

416 557 7994

Candidate for ward 5 city council in Mississauga.

 

October 17, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Athina Tagidou

 

Good Morning Mr. Lepofsky,

 

Thank you for your email with concern and request.

 

Yes, I do support your request for no e-scooter pilot project in Mississauga.

The safety concerns are far too many which studies clearly identify and address.

When the presentation on the micro-mobility program was made to Council in spring 2022

I listened with interest to the presentations and discussion that followed.

City staff are to return to council with a new proposal at a later time.

 

Thank you again for your time in addressing this important issue.

 

Sincerely,

Athina Tagidou

Councillor Candidate for Ward 3, Mississauga

 

October 18, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Winston harding

 

From: Winston harding <winstonharding.councillor@gmail.com>
Sent: October 18, 2022 3:39 AM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

Good day. I am committed to say no to e-scooters in the parks, and no special lanes for bicycles on the Streets of Ward 3. No matter who may lobby, I will say NO.

I thank you for asking. I stand for Seniors having more security across this Municipality.

I am also asking for more lighted parks, more benches to be put further away from the walkway. For more (Johnny), dog run, release Crown Land for Community Farming, more funding for Food. Support for Neighborhood Watch.

 

Thanks for your writing,

 

Winston Harding

 

October 18, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Winston Harding

 

Yes, I am committed to no e-scooters on Mississauga sidewalks and roads. They could be very dangerous.

 

Winston Harding

 

October 19, 2022 Email to AEBC from Nicholas Rabba

From: Nicholas Rabba <

rabbanick@gmail.com>

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 5:20 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: please ban E-Scooters!

I have been an advocate for accessible housing and the rights of disabled Ontarian’s for many years now. You can rest assured as your city councillor I

will vote no on any measures that would expand the use of E-Scooters in Mississauga. This like you said, is a community safety issue. I refuse to put corporate interests over the well being of disabled residents in our city. If you have any additional questions, please reach me anytime at my email or cell (437-980-5394)

In solidarity,

Nicholas

 

 

Responses from Candidates for Hamilton City Council

 

October 19, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Stan Habza

 

From: Stan Habza <stanhabza@gmail.com>
Sent: October 20, 2022 2:13 AM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

Eh??David,

 

You have my commitment!

Thanks for including me in your email.

Stan Habza

Candidate for Ward 5 Councillor

City of Hamilton

 

October 19, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Cameron Kroetsch

 

From: Cameron Kroetsch <info@cameronforward2.ca>
Sent: October 19, 2022 10:21 PM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

I will happily review this issue in detail if I’m elected. I’m not going to be able to get back to you with a firm decision this close to Election Day.

 

Cameron

 

October 19, 2022 Email to AEBC from Robin McKee

 

From: Robin McKee <

robinmckee3@gmail.com>

 

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 5:52 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: please ban E-Scooters!

 

Hello:

 

I agree completely.

I have only 20% in one eye and they scare me.

Robin McKee

For WARD 2

Hamilton

 

October 19, 2022 Email to AEBC from Pascale Marchand

 

From: Pascale Marchand <

contact@pascalemarchand.ca>

 

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 5:45 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: please ban E-Scooters!

 

Hello Marcia,

 

Thank you for reaching out. In my work as Chair of the CUPE Local 4092 Health and Safety Committee, I have witnessed many folks get injured because of

e-scooters. They were either hit by a scooter rider or they were injured by riding one themselves.

 

I will keep this in mind if the e-scooter issue is brought up at Hamilton City Council.

 

Cheers,

 

 

Pascale Marchand

 

(SHE/ELLE)

WARD 4 CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATE

365-925-0194

CONTACT@PASCALEMARCHAND.CA

WWW.PASCALEWARD4.CA

 

October 19, 2022 Email to AEBC from Ejaz Butt

 

From: Ejaz Butt <

ejazbuttotwu@gmail.com>

 

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 5:38 PM

To: Marcia Yale (AEBC) <

president@blindcanadians.ca>

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: please ban E-Scooters!

 

Hi

I will definitely resolve all the raised by the people if I am elected

 

Ejaz Butt

 

October 19, 2022 Email to AEBC from Mark Tadeson

 

From: Mark Tadeson <

mdtadeson@gmail.com>

 

Sent: Wednesday, October 19, 2022 8:13 PM

Subject: Re: Don’t take a step backwards: please ban E-Scooters!

 

Thanks for sharing your concerns for E-scooters. In your message, something else also struck me as very important. Please help me better understand the accessibility barrier issues that the visually impaired face in Hamilton. ‘ Hamilton already has too many disability accessibility barriers. ‘

I would much like to look at these concerns and your possible solutions or interventions that could help alleviate these barriers.

 

October 20, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Colleen Wicken

 

From: colleen@colleenwicken.com <colleen@colleenwicken.com>
Sent: October 20, 2022 7:08 AM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

I agree these and other small motorised vehicles should be prohibited on our streets and in locations where people gather.

 

Respectfully

Colleen Wicken

Candidate Ward 14 Councillor

 

October 20, 2022 Tweet to the AODA Alliancefrom John Paul Danko

 

John Paul Danko @JohnPaulDanko @DavidLepofsky I enthusiastically support e-scooters, e-bikes, e-boards, one-wheels and as many last-mile active transportation options as possible!

These are great options for residents to leave the car at home or connect between transit options – cities with less cars are safer for everyone.

 

Responses from Candidates for London City Council

 

October 20, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Sharon Deebrah

 

From: Sharon Deebrah <sharondeebrah0@gmail.com>
Sent: October 20, 2022 12:33 AM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

Hello David:

 

Thank you for your email and attached links from City of Toronto. It was a very informative link and adds some interesting perspective to any such proposals. It would not have crossed my mind; since my 25 year old niece with serious disabilities (movement, speech and anxiety); seems to be fixated on the use of her scooter and 3 wheel bike – daily (even in the winter).

 

I look forward to future interaction, should I be chosen to represent Ward 7, and this becomes an item of discussion on the agenda.

 

Kind regards,

 

Sharon Deebrah (She/Her)

Candidate, Ward 7 City Councillor

City of London

416-903-8639

www.SharonDeebrah.com

 

I acknowledge that I live and work in the traditional territories of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenousaunee, Lunaapeewak, and Attawandaron peoples.

 

October 19, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Jeremy McCall

 

From: Jeremy McCall <jer@jmccall.net>
Sent: October 19, 2022 11:20 PM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

Hi David

 

While out canvassing, I’ve had three of those single wheel standing e scooter things come flying up on me from behind and not heard a single one coming. They move far faster than any other non motorized vehicle, and with no regard for safety or training required to operate one.

 

I want Bike Share in London. I don’t want e-scooters.

 

Thanks,

Jeremy

 

 

October 19, 2022 Email to the AODA Alliance from Brandon Ellis

 

From: Brandon Ellis <BrandonEllis@protonmail.com>
Sent: October 19, 2022 10:25 PM
To: aodafeedback@gmail.com
Subject: Re: Please commit in this election not to allow electric scooters which endanger people with disabilities, seniors and others!

 

E Scooters should definitely be treated the same as a Bicycle in regards to where you are allowed to operate them.

I am looking forward to the cities plan to develop different lanes for pedestrians and vehicles. EScooters should be discussed during that time.

-Vote Brandon Ellis and make London a better City for everyone.
https://thepeoplesapp.ca