Letter: Sidewalk speeders
I am grateful for the existence of motorized wheelchairs and scooters, which afford people with disabilities increased independence. I have a dear friend, a quadriplegic, for whom motorized wheels are a godsend! Most people who use such vehicles do so responsibly; a few I’ve witnessed, however, move at rates of speed that strike me as excessive for public sidewalks. I’m concerned about the risk of injury to operators and/or pedestrians, particularly small children. I appreciate one fellow who — choosing to zip along quite speedily — opts to travel in the street, leaving the sidewalk for those who are walking, playing hopscotch or chatting with neighbors. As a cyclist, I am required to travel in the street, or to WALK my bike on the sidewalk. The Greenfield police officer who returned my call about this issue says there are no rules about speed related to such motorized vehicles on sidewalks. That is unfortunate. I ask my fellow citizens, then, to use common sense.