I was interviewed for an article in the Cambridge Chronicle on electric shared scooters, and when a pilot program might launch in Cambridge (not until 2020 at the earliest). I know many feel we are moving too slowly in allowing shared e-scooters, and many others feel they are unsafe for riders and pedestrians, too. I subscribe to a Google news alert for e-scooters and have been reading stories that describe how cities all around the world are managing scooter programs and about the pitfalls some have experienced. Here’s one of my quotes: “I think we should prohibit riding on all sidewalks and set clear rules for where and how scooters may be parked especially in business districts and public parks,” she said. “We would demand that the scooter companies that are licensed here work closely with us to ensure their riders follow the rules and to share anonymous data to help our transportation planning. In particular we want to make sure that scooters are equitably distributed and accessible to lower-income riders.”
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Jan Devereux City Councillor Cambridge, MA