I ride a mobility scooter through the streets of
I was involved with a lady the last time I drove a conventional vehicle and only used a cane part time. Partly due to a rocky relationship not based in total reality and mostly due to a poverty situation as I waited for “disability pay” combined with the powerful thought “I can do this while I still can”, I had let my driver’s license expire in October 2005. Not being able to afford fuel and repairs, I had not driven for a couple of years before that. Checking, I realized that the provincial government of
For quite a long time now, I have ridden various electric Personal Electric Transport devices (or “PET’s”, Mobility Scooters and Power Chairs). Many times I am forced to ride alongside the traffic in a special lane created for bicycles. Summer is a blast; the PET can go many kilometers no matter what the weather. I put a Harley Davidson sticker on a big green 3 wheeled PET I named “Scoot”. “Scoot” and I made a positive reputation for ourselves and everyone noticed us.
The sidewalks around
The city had set this up in 2003 when it presented a mandate to the province concerning
Over the winter of 2007/08 the
To that end I contacted
In the spring when the snow cleared I saw that several large communities in Canada had started an event of colossal importance. Electric Day was held and will be held annually, some hold hopes that it will become another day of celebration; yet another “Stat” with a purpose directed towards the environment. A day to celebrate all things related to electric transport. Buses, Cars, Bicycles, Scooters, Wheel chairs, Electric generating treadmills, and solar panels (to name a few of the items I saw featured) were presented to thousands. “Why can
We decided to put it to a few more mobility riders who showed up to our first meeting. We first held a general vote in early June 2008 to select officers for PGPMC. John was named as President and me as Vice-President. Nancy (John’s wife) would be the treasurer and an administration person collected notes and created minutes from the meetings. We discussed the idea of “PG Electric Day” after that business.
It went over well. A week after, John,
It is now August 2008, 10 months till we launch the E-Day. The PGPSC has taken a summer vacation to plan a strategy for developing the beginning of this new club in
Once the idea catches on, the potential for all communities to start such a club is great as well.
PGPSC is set up to provide riders in
Right here in PG (right in your back yard), we have over 100 Km of accessible nature trails and street routes. For example, the Heritage Trail system, which is over 8 KM of paved trail with about 3 Km of packed and compacted gravel in environmentally sensitive areas. Forests for the world on Cranbrook Hill, a UNBC project comprises over 15 KM of compacted gravel trail which is fully accessible; a wonderfully relaxing tour whether riding on electric or human powered mobility.
Out of the 3500+ electric mobility devices that exist here in
Till next time, fellow planet saviors: Ride free, Ride far and screw the gasoline companies; save your coin for your favorite sidewalk market!!! We don’t need no stinking licenses, helmets and do not ask to check my oil!
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