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Offline marcia29

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Re: New scooter laws just in time for comic-con.
« Reply #30 on: January 13, 2020, 11:05:21 AM »
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Nice discussion about scooters today on NPR.  Excellent comparisons to how Bicycles were first treated by cities 100 years ago to how scooters are being treated today.  Listen here:
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Listening to this now...about halfway through. So far, the discussion is lopsided...weighted with advocates and company reps, who clearly, CLEARLY will do anything to make scooters look favorable.  Not a fair discussion at all.  I even got a feeling of...anyone who is against scooter use, or wants more/tighter regulations are "out of touch" or older people with mobility issues, etc.  Ugh.   :(  Oh, poor scooter companies.  Smoother talkers, slick talkers. Ugh again.    I like the idea of scooters in the right places and with proper regulations.  We can work it out.

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Re: New scooter laws just in time for comic-con.
« Reply #31 on: January 13, 2020, 11:27:14 AM »
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This comes as a surprise to me.  I do think some of the companies "went wild" with bringing the machines in,  and are responsible for much of this seeming backlash of strict regulations that have cut into their profit margins.

While the scooter companies did go wild.  Ask forgiveness and not permission.  Some didn't even bother to get licensing before starting up.  That's not what's led to back backlash.  It's the riders going wild.  It's the spat of accidents, some fatal, that led San Diego to crack down on escooters.  As these things go, San Diego is still lenient.  Some cities, NYC for example, ban them outright.

The problem is how people ride them.  I've been riding escooters for over 20 years.  I try to never ride on the sidewalk, that's what the bike lane is for.  I also don't ride my bike on the sidewalk.  When I do need to ride on the sidewalk, I go at a walking pace.  Too many people go 15 MPH on the sidewalk where there are pedestrians.  That's dangerous for everyone.

So the problem is the riders.  Education will not work.  It hasn't so far.  But there could be a technological solution.  Just like there is geo fencing to limit speed in some areas, a scooter could be made with a camera.  It can then know whether it's on the sidewalk or not.  If it is, then limit the speed to 3 MPH.

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Re: New scooter laws just in time for comic-con.
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Re: New scooter laws just in time for comic-con.
« Reply #32 on: January 13, 2020, 11:39:16 AM »
I like your idea of a speed limiter for things like a sidewalk violation....

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Re: New scooter laws just in time for comic-con.
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Re: New scooter laws just in time for comic-con.
« Reply #33 on: January 14, 2020, 06:28:27 AM »
I've noticed a lot less if any around town lately.