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E-M:/ More on the Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Device, aka "Segway"



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Enviro-Mich message from "Anne Woiwode" <anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org>
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While folks may like shorter bills, this one comes with a LONG, convoluted,
and somewhat obfuscating term for the scooters involved -- Electric Personal
Assistive Mobility Device --not even a good acronym.

Two things to note:
1) All the members of the Senate Transportation and Tourism Committee are
co-sponsors of this legislation, which seems to suggest that this will
likely slip through the Committee quickly; and
2) this is a complete preemption of local control with regard to controling
these vehicles on sidewalks or "any other public area open to pedestrian
traffic."

This raises significant concerns about local protected areas, natural areas,
parks or wildlife refuges, for example, that are currently "pedestrian"
only, but might be forced to be opened for these vehicles.

I don't see that this bill is listed for a hearing yet, but with the full
Committee signed on as sponsors it would be wise for those who have concerns
to contact the Committee members now to let them know your thoughts.

Anne Woiwode

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SENATE BILL No. 1016

January 30, 2002, Introduced by Senators BULLARD, STEIL, HART, NORTH and
LELAND

and referred to the Committee on Transportation and Tourism.

A bill to amend 1949 PA 300, entitled

"Michigan vehicle code,"

(MCL 257.1 to 257.923) by adding sections 13c and 655a.

THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF MICHIGAN ENACT:

1 SEC. 13C. "ELECTRIC PERSONAL ASSISTIVE MOBILITY DEVICE"

2 MEANS A SELF-BALANCING NONTANDEM 2-WHEELED DEVICE, DESIGNED TO

3 TRANSPORT ONLY 1 PERSON AT A TIME, HAVING AN ELECTRICAL PROPUL-

4 SION SYSTEM WITH AVERAGE POWER OF 750 WATTS, WHOSE MAXIMUM SPEED

5 ON A PAVED LEVEL SURFACE, WHEN POWERED SOLELY BY SUCH A PROPUL-

6 SION SYSTEM AND RIDDEN BY AN OPERATOR WHO WEIGHS 170 POUNDS, IS

7 LESS THAN 20 MILES PER HOUR.

8 SEC. 655A. (1) AN INDIVIDUAL MAY OPERATE AN ELECTRIC PER-

9 SONAL ASSISTIVE MOBILITY DEVICE ON A SIDEWALK OR ANY OTHER PUBLIC

10 AREA OPEN TO PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC.

06130'01 JJG


2

1 (2) THE GOVERNING BODY OF A CITY, COUNTY, TOWNSHIP, OR

2 VILLAGE SHALL NOT PROHIBIT THE SAFE OPERATION OF AN ELECTRIC

3 PERSONAL ASSISTIVE MOBILITY DEVICE ON A SIDEWALK OR ANY OTHER

4 PUBLIC AREA OPEN TO PEDESTRIAN TRAFFIC.

06130'01 Final page. JJG
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Anne Woiwode, Staff Director, Sierra Club Mackinac Chapter
109 East Grand River Avenue, Lansing, Michigan 48906
517-484-2372; fax 517-484-3108  anne.woiwode@sierraclub.org
visit the Mackinac Chapter on the web at http:\\michigan.sierraclub.org



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