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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Right of way question

From: Sasha Kaun
Sent: Monday, April 12, 2010 8:18 PM
Subject: Right of way question

Hello Mayor,

I have a couple quick questions I hope you can answer. I know that cars are supposed to yield to walkers, runners, dogs, etc.
1. Does this also apply to people riding Segways? Do Segway riders have the right of way over automobiles?
2. Do runners and walkers have to right of way over Segways?
3. Do cars yield to people in wheelchairs because we feel sorry for them because they have no legs or because as a car (with 4 wheels) you have to yield to a roller?
4. Does a walker or running have to yield to a handicapped person driving a car because you feel sorry for them or it still the automobile has to yield to the walker or runner?
5. If an automobile is putting a skateboarder from behind does this negate their yielding status so they don't have to automatically yield to walkers and runners?

Please let me know the answers to these questions so I can keep Waterloo safe.



fromBeckman, John
dateTue, Apr 13, 2010 at 3:55 PM
subjectFW: Right of way question


The email question you sent to the Mayor was forwarded to me so I could reply.

Segways follow the same rules of the road as bicycles.

It's common courtesy to yield to a wheel chair. However, wheel chairs are not allowed to be used as a means of transportation in the traffic mix.

Handicap people who drive cars yield to pedestrians.

Pulling a skateboarder behind your vehicle is illegal.

Captain Beckman


fromSasha Kaun <>
to"Beckman, John"
dateTue, Apr 13, 2010 at 11:59 PM
subjectRe: FW: Right of way question

Mr. Beckman,

Thank you for the quick response. One more quick question. Say I was illegally pulling a skateboarder behind my vehicle. Would other vehicles have to yield to me because they would have to yield to the skateboarder? I guess I am just confused if the transitive property applies to the Right of Way!

Please let me know.


fromBeckman, John
toSasha Kaun
dateWed, Apr 14, 2010 at 7:47 AM
subjectRE: FW: Right of way question


As I've already stated, pulling a skateboarder behind your vehicle is illegal. I strongly encourage you or whomever is, or might be thinking of, doing something like this not to do it. That being said, the car and skateboarder become a unit and other vehicles would have to yield, if appropriate, to the car. The car supersedes the skateboarder.

Captain Beckman