To scoot or not to scoot?
Nov 04, 2014 | 6761 views | 0 0 comments | 42 42 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Currently, the 83rd Precinct in Brooklyn is preparing to enforce the city’s ban on electric scooters, and while on the surface this seems like a good idea, it’s worth thinking twice before jumping into blind enforcement mode.

Currently, our city’s roadways are a nightmare for commuters of all kinds, whether on foot, bicycle, scooter or in a car. Cabs double park with no warning, bikers weave around traffic and often ride the wrong way, rarely stopping for red lights, and impatient pedestrians are constantly darting out from behind cars.

While electric scooters in many ways add to the current cacophony, it may be in the best interest of the city to promote, rather than stifle this transportation method.

For one, electric scooters are zero emissions vehicles, and for another, they make virtually no noise when traversing the streets. Would that more vehicles fit that description on our streets, rather than less.

One of the central problems arising out of the use of electric scooters on our streets is that the delivery drivers who use them are prone to dart wherever they can to get through the crowd, often without regard for the safety of others. But just because that’s how scooters are being driven now doesn’t mean that is how they were meant to be driven.

The city should use a more forward-thinking approach to this matter and come up with a plan to integrate alternative transportation elements into our roadways, because holding up the status quo for the status quo’s sake isn’t doing us any good.

Besides, do we really want all of our city’s delivery drivers switching from compact electric scooters to cars and further clogging our roadways?

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