Halifax's transportation committee has voted in favour of more bike racks for the city's ferries and, at the same time, agreed with a staff recommendation to not permit Segways on board.
"I see [Segways] as more of a novelty vehicle," said Coun. Richard Zurawski.
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Coun. Matt Whitman disagreed. He's not a member of the transportation committee but had attended Thursday's meeting and voiced his concerns.
"I think it's short-sighted to rule them out," said Whitman. "They're no more obtrusive than a larger stroller."
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Segways — a motorized piece of equipment that people can stand on — can be rented on Halifax's waterfront. (Don Ryan/Associated Press)
Whitman clarified that he does not own a Segway — a motorized piece of equipment that people can stand on — but said he has used them.
"I love them. I love riding them," said Whitman. "They're a joy to be on in a parade."
Whitman plans to speak in favour of allowing Segways on ferries when the issue goes to Halifax regional council for a final vote.
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As for the bike racks, Halifax Transit conducted a survey and found that on some ferry runs, there were as many as eight to 12 cyclists.
Currently, each ferry has only one bike rack with six slots, but depending on the size of the bikes, sometimes only four will fit.
Halifax Transit officials say adding another bike rack should be straightforward but Transport Canada must agree to it before they can be installed.
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I've always had mixed feelings about Segways, its a novelty but it is transportation and should be allowed. How many would actually do that, very minimal to none. Motorized skate boards on the other hand are cool and more realistic for transportation. Sizing up large and cumbersome baby carriages and even larger mobility scooters compared to the narrow confines of a Segway, my vote for Halifax is leave 'em be, allow them all on!