The latest California Trends: Electric Scooters time to regulate them…

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The latest California Trends: Electric Scooters time to regulate them…

Just to give you a little background: I have been one of the early proponents of the Bike Share Program when politicians were studying them in Beverly Hills, CA and Santa Monica, CA. I have written way back then about the foolish waste of money and time that both local governments were about to spend when all they had to do was look at the feasibility study that Boston, MA did way before and were already implementing it successfully.

Many years later you can see the Bike Share program working extremely successfully all over Venice, CA, Santa Monica, CA, and Beverly Hills, CA and Los Angeles, CA to name a few of the local communities.

Recently in the past six months I have noticed abandoned Electric Scooters in Marina Del Rey, CA and Venice, CA just littering the sidewalks. Some were in the middle of the handicapped entrances to the sidewalks, others just leaned against trees and the list goes on and on.

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My first or should I say initial reaction was how strange people put chains and lock their bicycles and here I see Scooters just abandoned and unsecured. Foolish me I was looking at it from a security standpoint.

Then I started seeing them all over the West Side of Los Angeles littering is the best description I can have of these Electric Scooters.

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In the recent past, we had a conversation with one of our friends and she said that this is the “newest and dumbest fad”.

Well it turns out there are three Start Up Companies: 1. The Bird, 2. Lime Bike and 3. Jump Bikes evidently these motorized scooters typically can be rented for $1.00 plus .15c per minute during the ride. Hence people can just drop them off anywhere, there is no equivalent to a “bike rack” like the Bike Share Program has.

Clearly these companies are catering to the young and irresponsible or should I say, lazy and inconsiderate and irresponsible young of Southern California.

How lazy are we becoming as a society we can not pick or drop them of at specific locations? This is one problem I see.

The second and more important problem I see is the inconsiderate users, who just drop them off and lean them against the walls of condominiums, rental building and it is becoming a nuisance for home owners, management companies and the list goes on and on.

The worst offenders  are the one that just throw them on the side walks and block the pathways for handicapped individuals who cannot go around them with their wheelchairs or access the entrance to the sidewalk.

Then to boot I have seen them in action taking up two car lanes as two or thee people are each heading somewhere on the Streets of Los Angeles and of course being inconsiderate to the drivers. Then as you look closer they are not wearing helmets or any protective gear that are now required of bicyclists.

I consider them unsafe to themselves as well as to their fellow Angelinos. So this weekend I was driving around with Diane and noticed that it is becoming totally out of control.

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Clearly there needs to be some sort of regulation. The Bike Share Program is regulated, Taxi Drivers are regulated, motor vehicles are regulated so WHY NOT the Electric Scooters? The Politicians are sleeping at the wheel again.

Now my answers are easy how to get control of this runaway problem:

  1.   Have the local police ticket the users who are not wearing head gear,

2. If the Scooter is abandoned write the ticket out for road or path obstruction and or littering. Clearly the Company will know who the last person used it since their Credit Card information and date and time is how they charge them, just charge them for the Violation.

3. Create just like Bicycle have, corrals where to drop them off and if the Companies do not get handle of the problem then Fine them to the point where it will be more cost effective for them to fix the problem.

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Well as of this writing I started to research what the politicians are doing? It turns out they started “discussing, weighing the options on how to minimize the cluttered sidewalks and figure out some solutions about the safety of the riders”. Seriously??? I can see this will be another “Paralysis by Analysis” situation.

Stay tuned a Scooter Nuisance is heading to your city next, we are setting the trends

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Anna Banana Kruchten - Phoenix Homes Sales
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Well how ricidulous is this situation. Clearly there is a very simple fix - do the same thing required of bikes. Drop them off at a designated location. Any scooers not left in a designated drop off place the last driver will be charged a large fine and the scooter company will be fined as as well. I bet this would get cleared up quickly if it costs people enough money to be so lazy. Done.

May 29, 2018 09:26 AM #12
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Endre,

And I nominate you to handle this problem, and appoint you as the chairman!  We have electric bicycles here also...and bike share, and car share...A

May 29, 2018 11:37 AM #13
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Endre the only ones I have seen riding those electric scooters are young kids and teenagers.  I hope the issues you are having with them out there in the left coast does not make its way over here.

May 29, 2018 03:44 PM #14
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Hi Endre- as others have said, I am surprised that people don't return them if for no other reason than the fees involved. We have a different traffic jam here...the motorized scooters clogging shopping aisles and restaurants.  Try getting them to move over when they're clogging the whole aisle!

May 29, 2018 05:15 PM #15
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Dave Halpern  You made me laugh but you are spot on!!!!Endre

May 29, 2018 05:19 PM #16
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Endre Barath, Jr.
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James Dray hopefully by the time it hits your world they will have the kinks worked out:)Endre

May 29, 2018 05:20 PM #17
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Wayne Martin  amazing indeed a good idea gets messed up...Endre

May 29, 2018 05:21 PM #18
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Lise Howe  and I thought this entitled mentality was just prevalent in my geographic area.....as to dropping them off, that is their gimmick that you can leave it anywhere and the "elves pick them up at night"...Endre

May 29, 2018 05:24 PM #19
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Barbara Todaro  these are used by adults and a credit card... if it is the same three companies how do you control the "nuisance factor"? Endre

May 29, 2018 05:27 PM #20
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Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400  that is the problem they do not need to return it. So let's say I leave it on the middle of the sidewalk where your drive way is either you run over it or you have to move it out  of your  way and then someone else sees the Scooter puts their credit card information in and off they go...

May 29, 2018 05:30 PM #21
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Michael Jacobs  it was silly in the beginning but now it has turned into a big nuisance, Endre

May 29, 2018 05:32 PM #22
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Debe Maxwell, CRS  the politicians are "talking" but no action has taken place...Endre

May 29, 2018 05:33 PM #23
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Liz and Bill Spear  great question, the short version is: electric scooters and short-term bicycle rentals fall under the Transportation Department...due to the large influx of these scooters and the numerous complaints from the West Side of LA the City Council started getting involved, but it appears since December two Councilmen are taking different stance as to how to resolve it hence they managed to create an impasse on how they should be allowed to operate... Then Metro is getting involved with it too....you get the idea who will benefit from what will ultimately be a compromise?Endre

May 29, 2018 05:43 PM #24
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Carol Williams  you do not need to return them, that is the gimmick, you  arrive at your destination and then you just dump it in my front lawn or on my driveway just drop it anywhere and they come pick it up at night.....Endre

May 29, 2018 05:58 PM #25
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Brad Thomsen  interesting perspective what your kids said, ironically I was hoping we were going to improve the environment and society guess time to regress, Endre

May 29, 2018 06:01 PM #26
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Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS, Broker  indeed their business plan is to target the "lazy and inconsiderate ways" we are on the same page fine them and the model will get reworked, Endre

May 29, 2018 06:03 PM #27
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I understand that San Francisco is wrestling with scooter issues as well!

May 30, 2018 02:51 AM #28
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Hi Endre Barath, Jr. - It appears the inmates are running the asylum. YIKES!

May 30, 2018 01:42 PM #29
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Ron and Alexandra Seigel  very funny, needless to say if I was in charge it would be the simple way solving it fine the companies and the users until courtesy and order is restored:))Endre

May 30, 2018 06:12 PM #30
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George Souto  you know what starts here will spread over to you... like the food truck revolution.... just hope that regulation will be figured out by the time you get it...Endre

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