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#1 2018-04-18 12:12:10

Jack
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Pardon the Scooter?

San Francisco is having trouble with electric scooter dockless rental businesses  https://slate.com/business/2018/04/san- … oters.html  And Austin?

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#2 2018-04-18 12:58:26

MichaelBluejay
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Re: Pardon the Scooter?

The infrastructure isn't set up for scooters to work.  They're dangerous to pedestrians on sidewalks, and they're dangerous to the operators in the streets.  I think the solution is to start making certain streets car-free, for the operation of only bikes, scooters, and buses.  But of course that'll never happen.

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#3 2018-04-20 11:08:19

Jack
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Re: Pardon the Scooter?

Jack wrote:

San Francisco is having trouble with electric scooter dockless rental businesses  https://slate.com/business/2018/04/san- … oters.html  And Austin?

More info:  http://www.axios.com/bird-scooters-1524 … 513d3.html

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#4 2018-07-26 11:46:57

Jack
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Re: Pardon the Scooter?

The NACTO folks have published some guidance for cities on dealing with scooters and the like:  https://nacto.org/wp-content/uploads/20 … elines.pdf

Their guidance on bicycle infrastructure doesn't give me a lot of confidence in this effort, but here it is, FYI.

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#5 2018-07-26 11:49:49

Jack
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Re: Pardon the Scooter?

Scooter trips may be replacing automobile trips:  https://www.curbed.com/2018/7/24/176047 … s-scooters

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#6 2018-07-26 12:38:02

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Re: Pardon the Scooter?

Thanks for posting these, Jack.

Twenty years ago when this forum was email only, I predicted that when the price of gas exploded (as it must eventually do), the transportation revolution was not gonna be electric bikes, it was gonna be electric scooters.  So, in the meantime, now that they've hooked up rentals to smartphones, I'm not surprised at all that scooters have proven popular.

I wonder what kind of share of trips they need to achieve before cities start making certain streets off-limits to cars.

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