As much as the new influx of electric bikes bugs me, there’s no real reason for my discomfort; it’s like my inherent aversion to those fluorescent moulded gardening shoes people insist on wearing around town.
I can certainly deal with either of these trends, if they’re any indication of fewer cars on the road.
Today however, on three separate occasions, I saw full-sized motor scooters (with exhaust pipes!) cutting into the bike lanes to blow ahead of the rest of their mindlessly idling friends and make their right hand turn.
What's this?!? One of them pops out from a delivery truck right in front of me and jerks on her brakes to avoid smashing me over! I taste my heart, swallow it and nearly wipe out from the blindness of my life flashing before my eyes!
I must have really been shaken because my words come out all jumbled and sound more like “Are you F-ing Kidding Me? Get the %&#$ out of my lane!” than my intended “I've got something to Vespa in your ear, friend. If you want to share the bike lane, you need to play safe and ride with the rest of us, through the power of yourself!”
It seems the MTO has something a little hard-hitting to say to scooter drivers as well.
Did you know that moped collisions have risen?
Ontario’s most recent statistics show that moped collisions from 1999 to 2003 more than doubled (from 48 to 102) while the number of registered mopeds fell by almost one third (from 3,006 to 2,019) in the same period.
…Moped drivers are in a high-risk zone for collisions and we would encourage moped drivers to review the rules of the road often which are available on the ministry's website and the official Motorcycle and Driver's Handbooks.
I hope this trend of reckless (ignorant) scooter driving does not continue; we’re all so vulnerable on the road and especially in the bike lanes. We must all be mindful that the rules of the road are there to protect us collectively, as well as individually.