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Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board

February 19, 2002

Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles
432 John Cherberg Building
P.O. Box 40436
Olympia, WA 98504-9436

Dear Senator Kohl-Welles

The Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board, an appointed, citizen board of the City of Seattle, hereby communicates its opposition to Senate Bill 6316 which allows use of sidewalks and streets by Segway Scooters in Washington with limited restriction by city ordinances.

Given the speed differential between Segway Scooters and pedestrian walking speed and given the weight and mass of the scooter and rider, this new transportation mode can injure pedestrians. Our particular concern for this Segway danger is for smaller children and the disabled.

Many jurisdictions will want to place Segway Scooters in a right of way with other wheeled, powered vehicles or bicycles.

We recommend that Senate Bill 6316 be amended to allow cities and counties to regulate the use of Segway Scooters comprehensively within their own jurisdictions.

We understand that the bill allows cities to regulate Segway Scooters only on streets posted with speed limits under twenty-five miles per hour.

Give Washington cities and counties the power to regulate this new transportation mode as they regulate other vehicles for safety and mobility goals.

Enclosed in this mailed letter is Seattle Pedestrian Advisory Board's rationale for opposing this bill written by Board member Lester Goldstein.

Sincerely,

John Coney
Chair, SPAB

Suzanne Anderson
Vice Chair, SPAB

Senator Sid Snyder
Democratic Majority Leader
P.O. Box 40419
Olympia, WA 98504-0319
sid_snyder@leg.wa.gov

Seattle City Council Member Richard Conlin Chair. Transportation Committee
600 Fourth Avenue
11th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104
richard.conlin@seattle.gov

Susan Crowley
Office of Intergovernmental Relations
mailstop 01-02-10
600 - 4th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104

Peter Lagerwey Seattle Transportation Department
600 - 4th Avenue
7th Floor
Seattle, WA 98104

Representative Frank Chopp
43rd District
Speaker of the House of Representatives
Washington State House of Representatives
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Representative Nancy Dickerson
36th District
Washington State House of Representatives
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Representative Ed Murray
Member of the House Transportation Committee
Washington State House of Representatives
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Representative Ruth Fisher
Chairwoman of the House Transportation Committee
Washington State House of Representatives
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Representative Mike Cooper
Vice Chairman of the House Transportation Committee
Washington State House of Representatives
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600

Representative Helen Sommers
36th District
Washington State House of Representatives
P.O. Box 40600
Olympia, WA 98504-0600