Over the past six months, I have read opinion after opinion about the scooters here in town. We all have seen people riding these things with a blatant disregard for safety by riding them on the sidewalk, riding with two people (poor scooter) and running through countless red lights and stop signs.
- People who ride them should get off the sidewalk, wear a helmet and obey traffic laws! Your disregard for safety gives the opponents great arguments to ban these things. Riding Jordan River Parkway gets you north/south across the city and we have great bicycle lanes. You should use these assets. By doing this, the city will be encouraged to improve the bicycle infrastructure.
- There simply are not enough scooters in town, especially on the west side. I always have to walk numerous blocks to get a hold of a scooter. If by next spring I don’t see more scooters in this city, especially on the west side, I will simply buy my own.
I may look ridiculous with my bright green riding jacket and helmet, but I would like to keep my head intact in case something happens. These scooters are a great, cheap and clean transportation option. We must find a way to coexist with them.
Mike Peterson, Salt Lake City