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LETTER: Some questions about scooters in Taunton …

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SCOOTERS and the law …

It is illegal to ride them on sidewalks.

Q: Are they allowed to ride them on the sidewalks of parks like Vivary Park? Or on the pedestrianized High Street?

Q: Are adults allowed to hire them and allow their children to ride them under supervision in the parks? On the pedestrianized High Street, there are stop signs prohibiting cycling.

Q: Why are they present when scooters and mobility scooters take the same route? Cllr Darch’s article suggests taking pictures of runners breaking the rules.

Q: How does this fit in with the unacceptable nature of taking pictures of minors without parental permission? I don’t want to ban them. I want them on the road and not on sidewalks and paths in public parks, unless bicycles are also welcome. I note that the police will start to ban cycling on sidewalks.


READ MORE: Escooters: Pros and Cons, by Climate Change Council Member


Before doing so, could the council assess whether there are wide sidewalks with little foot traffic that could be shared to allow cyclists to use safe routes around town?

I am thinking of the sidewalks on either side of the road between the town hall and the old police station. This is a safe cycle route from Trull and Wilton to town via Pelican Pass and The Crescent.

Plus, from Lidl through St John’s, then safely down the wide, empty sidewalk to the one-way system to the Pelicans Safe Passage. I’m sure there are plenty of other examples.

LIGHT STEEL
Taunton


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