Managing Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) On Non motorized Facilities

  • Published: Victoria Transport Policy Institute, 2010
  • Authors: T. Litman and R. Blair
  • Date Added: 13 Jun 2013
  • Last Update: 13 Jun 2013
  • Format: pdf

Objectives:

  • Examine the various types of activities and modes that may use non-motorised facilities;

  • Discuss potential conflicts among these uses;

  • Describe general principles for managing non-motorised facility use; and,

  • Describe appropriate planning, management and education strategies for minimising problems.

Methodology:

Good practice guidance.

Key Findings:

  • There is an increasing variety of modes that are requesting permission to operate on Non-motorised facilities, including Personal Mobility Devices (PMDs) (small wheeled devices that provide personal mobility such as wheelchairs, skateboards and skates) and Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices (EPAMDs) such as Segways.

  • It can be difficult to categorise these devices since they have diverse features and uses.

  • It is increasingly important for transport planners and public officials to decide how non-motorised facilities should be managed, including where and when specific modes and activities should be allowed, the rules each should follow, and how such rules should be promoted and enforced.

  • Because space requirements and risk increase with speed, speed regulation is important for PMD facility management.

  • Effective education and enforcement are important for non-motorised facility management. Signs, brochures and maps can help educate users concerning how to share facilities, how non-motorised traffic rules are enforced, and how to report violations.

Themes:

Personal Mobility Devices, Electric Personal Assistive Mobility Devices, Non motorised facilities.

Comments:

US document which outlines the considerations that need to made when allowing motorised vehicles on non-motorised facilities.

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