Councillor Josh Matlow
Ward 22, St. Paul’s
City Hall, 100 Queen Street West Tel: 416-392-7906
2nd Floor, Suite A17 Fax: 416-392-0124
Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chair & Members
Public Works & Infrastructure Committee
10th Floor, West Tower, City Hall
100 Queen St. West
Toronto ON M5H 2N2
May 27, 2013
Re: Parking for mopeds and scooters
In recent years, the popularity of motor-assisted bicycles (mopeds) and limited-speed motorcycles (scooters) has greatly increased and they are now a common sight on many streets. The City of Toronto should be encouraging the use of mopeds and scooters because, in a city challenged by gridlock, take up less road and parking space and they use less fossil fuel.
However, our current rules and regulations for parking mopeds and scooters predate their reclassification by the Province of Ontario as types of motor vehicle and this has created some negative impacts. Unlike bicycles, they must be parked on the street where they are vulnerable to theft or damage and occupy valuable paid-parking spaces that fund important services like parks, libraries, and road maintenance. Riders who park on the sidewalk and block pedestrians or use City bicycle locks are currently fined by City of Toronto parking enforcement officers.
It is time to use common sense to bring our regulations into the twenty-first century and reap the rewards of increased moped and scooter ridership without reducing road safety or pedestrian comfort.
1. City Council request the City Manager to report to the Public Works and Infrastructure Committee on
a. strategies to accommodate parking for limited-speed motorcycles and motor-assisted bicycles without compromising the sidewalk pedestrian clearway, driver sightlines, or public safety, including but not limited to:
i. increasing the supply of boulevard parking that is restricted to use by motorcycles, limited-speed motorcycles, and motor-assisted bicycles; and
ii. providing additional incentives to dedicate spaces in new developments to visitor spaces for motorcycles, limited-speed motorcycles, and motor-assisted bicycles
b. any changes to provincial legislation that would assist the City of Toronto in better sharing the public right-of-way between all users.
Toronto City Councillor
Ward 22 – St. Paul’s