Electric Scooters are appearing all over

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Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Rob Lister » Thu Jul 25, 2019 4:22 pm

I counted 24 yesterday on the way to 7-11, a 1.6-mile journey. All parked 6 at a time on top of street gutter tops between the sidewalk and the street. Another trip today counted ~6. I assume 18 were either checked out or at the bottom of drainage ponds.

Drainage ponds seem to be the best bet. We're in a neighborhood where the only adults that 'walk' are walking their dogs and do it for the exercise. Lots of kids walk and I suppose kids might use them, given the credit. But they are also most apt to throw them in a drainage pond. I've got no issue with them. I wish them well.

...err...kids and scooters.

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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Grammatron » Thu Jul 25, 2019 6:58 pm

I live in an apartment building in the heart of Hollywood and there's at best an overwhelming amount of those electric things. Different kinds too. Mostly it's standing scooter but in the last few month there have been an addition of peddle-less electric bikes.

I saw some kids dissembling one of those bikes few weeks ago. They removed the GPS tracker and the system that "beeps" when the bike is moved without paying. They left those parts there and took off. It was a neat cyberpunk-like moment. But mostly I hate the fucking things because of how tourists use them. They drive too fast on sidewalks, wrong way on the streets, at night with no reflective clothing; and leave them wherever: driveways, streets, pathways. I usually ignore them, but if they ever block my driveway I chuck them as far as I can.

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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Nyarlathotep » Thu Jul 25, 2019 7:01 pm

Showing up in Reno too. Which surprises me, since Lime bikes pulled out of reno precisely because Reno residents had a nasty habit of chucking their bicycles into the Truckee River. So of course, it only makes sense to put in even more expensive electric scooters.
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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by asthmatic camel » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:10 am

Shit happens. The older you get, the more often shit happens. So you have to try not to give a shit even when you do. Because, if you give too many shits, you've created your own shit creek and there's no way out other than swimming through the shit. Oh, and fuck.

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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Bruce » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:32 am

South Park made an episode about them. I saw the episode just before a trip to Boston, and there they were. I figure someone must be making money from these things, but I don't know how. I have to believe it costs more to repair and replace the ones that have been stolen, hacked, or vandalized than the money made from people who use them. Right?
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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Witness » Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:21 am

Having been "to town" today after quite some time where the heat kept me at home, I had to notice them too. Driven by the expected douchebags.

We live in the Time of Toys™: phones 1 (and their games), earbuds, scooters, the colors of clothes, uniforms for bikers aping the pros' garb, skates… all would suit young children.

1 A dude behind me in the tram blew a fuse while phoning and literally yelled he was going to put the local IRS on his conversation partner. Even behaviors become childish. :mrgreen:

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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by WildCat » Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:24 am

They just started that here, I bet we have a drive-by shooting from a scooter before Labor Day. We've already had several on Divvy bikes.
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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by asthmatic camel » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:26 pm

Shit happens. The older you get, the more often shit happens. So you have to try not to give a shit even when you do. Because, if you give too many shits, you've created your own shit creek and there's no way out other than swimming through the shit. Oh, and fuck.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:35 pm

Reddish Vale Men in Sheds.

So it's gingers only is it? :p
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Post by asthmatic camel » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:50 pm

Reddish is probably a corruption of the old English rēad-dīc, an ancient, defensive earthwork that is still visible a mile away from me.

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Post by Abdul Alhazred » Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:57 pm

:BigGrin3:
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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Witness » Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:43 am

Even Rob got one! :shock:



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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Witness » Sun Jul 28, 2019 12:31 am

Witness wrote:
Fri Jul 26, 2019 3:21 am
We live in the Time of Toys™
As I don't watch movies or go to "fun" parks (and hate crowds anyway), I forgot about that part (but Nyarl's rant made me see it: viewtopic.php?f=6&t=49307&p=963717#p963627): entertainment has become childish too, from superhero movies to Disneyland. Here's a take on the last:
Childless Adult Couples Now Majority of Disney World Visitors

Since it’s opening in 1971, Disney World has been the destination of choice for children across the country and a surefire way for parents to create lasting memories with their family. But with the cost of a single-day’s entry now well over $100.00 per person and a youth population dispassionate about Disney’s antiquated brand of wholesome, non-virtual entertainment, the Park has been forced to cater to a once-fringe group of visitors: Nostalgic adult couples without children.

“For years we tolerated, but never really encouraged, adults without children to visit our parks. In truth, we were always very suspicious about the 20 and 30-somethings who wanted to walk around a theme park designed to entertain 5-year-olds. But now, god-bless-them, those millennial yuppies make up more than half of our daily visitors,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “We’re working very hard to make sure these adult visitors have an enjoyable experience and continue to come back to our parks.”

Disney has several new attractions in the works that it believes will appeal to nostalgic millennials, including reviving several “retro” attractions like the perpetually dull Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride and Figment’s Journey into Imagination. The Park has also entered into licensing agreements with non-Disney owned movie studios to create new attractions for its childless visitors, including a Wes Anderson inspired Christmas parade titled “The Royal Tenenbaum’s Tannenbaum” and a Donnie Darko themed space-time adventure called “Donnie Darko’s Cellar Door”. The Park will also completely replace Adventureland with a new themed area called “Portland.”
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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Witness » Wed Jul 31, 2019 2:14 am

Paris has had it with the electric scooters (Le Monde article).

Summary:
  • parking prohibited on the sidewalks (they'll have to share with motorbikes)
  • driving on the sidewalks will soon be prohibited in the whole country
  • financial crackdown on rental companies which had free access to public space (charging stations), resulting in 12 of them flocking to Paris and a fleet of ~ 20,000 scooters
  • ultimately vetting of said companies so that only two or three remain (awaiting new regulations which are in the pipeline)
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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Witness » Sun Oct 27, 2019 12:26 am

↑ They did it:
Electric scooters: France introduces new rules to 'restore tranquillity'

France is bringing in new rules for the use of electric scooters following hundreds of incidents involving the vehicles, including several deaths.

From Saturday, riders will be required to be at least 12 and will not be able to ride their scooter on the pavement.

The two-wheeled vehicles' top speed will also be capped by next year.

E-scooters, which can travel at more than 50km/h (30mph), are growing in popularity, in part because of their low environmental impact.

Other rules coming into force include:
  • Riding on the pavement will be prohibited unless in designated areas, and then at walking speed only
  • Only one rider will be allowed per device, and no mobile phone use will be allowed
  • Users cannot go against the traffic flow and must use cycle paths where available
  • Riders will not be allowed to wear headphones while on their scooter
  • By next July, the scooters' top speed will be capped at 25km/h
  • Users riding on permitted faster roads must wear a helmet and high-visibility clothing
  • E-scooters will be banned completely on country roads
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50189279

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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Anaxagoras » Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:21 am

What do they mean by "the pavement"? Do they mean sidewalks for pedestrians?

If they were banned from any paved surface, they wouldn't be very useful.
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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Witness » Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:20 pm

Anaxagoras wrote:
Wed Oct 30, 2019 7:21 am
What do they mean by "the pavement"? Do they mean sidewalks for pedestrians?
Yes, they will get shooed from the pedestrian part. (Understandable, as I wouldn't have to watch out for crazy dudes at 50 km/h.)
And it will cause other problems once they try to fit into the general traffic.

To take a Parisian example (Place Denfert-Rochereau, near the entrance to the Catacombs):

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The cobblestones won't increase stability for the scooters' little wheels, and the driving around that statue is quite aggressive. :mrgreen:

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Re: Electric Scooters are appearing all over

Post by Witness » Wed Nov 06, 2019 2:50 am

Lady gets interviewed about scooter regulations (watch till or skip to the end):