Scooting around town safely

Scooter users from around the Saanich Peninsula got a little more education on the devices last week

Sidney Councillor Mervyn Lougher-Goodey leads the charge during Sidney All Care’s scooter rodeo held Friday

Scooter users from around the Saanich Peninsula got a little more education on the devices last week during Sidney All Care’s first ever Scooter Rodeo.

The rodeo was held Friday, Nov. 8 at the private care facility in Sidney and featured officials from the Town of Sidney, MediChair and B.C. Transit.

Scooters have been making headlines in Sidney recently after Mayor Larry Cross called for the Union of B.C. Municipalities to consider more regulation and licensing around the mobility devices.

“We just want everybody to be safe,” Cross said of the town’s request in a previous interview with the PNR.

However, the UBCM turned down the proposal and Cross is now happy that more education on the safety aspects of scooters is being focused on locally.

“We really appreciate Sidney All Care organizing and hosting something like this,” said Cross at the event.

“It’s so important to educate users on the safe operation of these mobility devices.”

Sheila Minten, the manager at Sidney All Care, said that organizing the Scooter Rodeo was a no brainer.

“With all the issues around scooter safety locally and the subject being top-of-mind we thought it was perfect timing to host an event like this,” she said.

“We’re trying to interact more with the community and host more events. We’ve already decided to plan another rodeo for the spring,” she added.

The event featured information on buying or leasing a scooter, scooter test-drives, information about getting around on B.C. Transit as a scooter user and fun activities like an obstacle course and a parade to wrap the day up.

Watch for more information on upcoming events at Sidney All Care, including pictures with Santa by donation to the Sidney Lions Food Bank on Dec. 14 and the spring Scooter Rodeo.


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