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Wheel Woes
Julie Maxey-Allison | 10th Street

LimeScooter planted in shrubbery
on Carmel Valley Road for several days.
Photo Virginia Lawrence.
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Since the invention of the wheel, a while ago, we have gotten used to wagons, carts, buggies, bicycles, cars, roller blades, skateboards, segways, scooters and such, all adding to transport of things and/or people.
By adapting technology made possible through smart phone apps, entrepreneurs have come up with a new way for the public to access wheels. The start was rentable bicycles good for one way rides and now rentable electric scooters, the latest mode of transport, have been added to the mix.

When first introduced, novel inventions tend to stimulate a bit of controversy. Early on in the 19th century critics called buggies the new fangled bicycle a “tool of the devil.” Some, today, have the same thoughts about the rentable bikes and e-scooters as more varieties of vehicles share our roads. Everyone using our very “complete streets” would be wise to absorb the updated rules of the road to dodge rage.

E-scooter riders’s rules differ a bit from bike riders. An e-scooter rider must have a valid driver’s license and a helmet to wear when renting and riding an electric scooter or risk being ticketed. Only one person at a time is allowed to ride an e-scooter on a trail, bicycle path, or bikeway, and on roadways without a bike lane where the speed limit is not over 25 miles per hour.

What happens at the end of a rider’s journey is still a question: where to leave the rented vehicle? There are intermittent docking stations but allocating parking places for rentable bikes and e-scooters would help keep them secured and not haphazardly scattered about, cluttering sidewalks.




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