By Kate Watson
Social media proved its worth yesterday.
Without warning or public consultation, Halifax Transit changed the rules about who can take the ferry. Journalist Jacob Boon picked up on it, and shared the new regulations on Twitter. Within moments, people expressed their outrage.
There is no bike lane on the Macdonald during the Big Lift, and trailers are not able to be transported on the shuttle. Were parents with kids in tow really supposed to drive around the Harbour?
Hours after the announcement, Halifax Transit backpedaled on its decision.
But there is another part of the new regulations that have people upset. I have heard from several people wanting to know why scooters have been banned. Mopeds, which are fitted with motors and pedals, are by definition, a bicycle:
What danger do they present, and why have they been banned?
The above pictures shows a scooter, *with pedals*. How is it different from an electric bicycle? Or more importantly, IS it different than an electric bicycle.
Power (electric) assisted bicycles (with pedals) and Segways are permitted on Halifax Transit ferries. #hfxtransit
— Halifax Transit (@hfxtransit) July 26, 2016
People are upset, and rightly so. No one is arguing that transit shouldn’t be safe, but how do scooters make it less safe, and why were transit users not consulted?
Perhaps it’s time to backpedal this decision, too!