Sunday, February 26, 2017
ARE MOBILITY SCOOTERS IN BRIGG ON THE RIGHT TRACK?
Brigg Blog wonders whether someone in authority might clarify this...
Are mobility scooters classed as cycles or vehicles when it comes to using the town's longest footpath?
Wrawby Road contains a well-used cycle and pedestrian route linking Brigg and our neigbouring village.
But should the drivers/riders of mobility vehicles be sticking to the pedestrian lane? Or do they use the adjoining zone?
Clearly, these are not cycles. But the cycle lane is wider, in places, than the pedestrian section. So the cycle lane seems more suited to mobility scooters.
When the Wrawby Road cycle/pedestrian lanes were added a good few years ago by North Lincolnshire Council, there were far fewer mobility scooters in use than there are today.
We were recently making our way along Wrawby Road, near the entrance to the Recreation Ground, sticking to the pedestrian part of the path, when we were passed by someone in a mobility scooter.
We didn't hear his approach, which also makes us wonder whether there's a legal requirement to have an audible warning fitted to such vehicles, in the same way that cycles are supposed to have a bell in working order.