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December 2, 2019
In its infinite wisdom, the Santa Monica City Council extended its 16-month pilot “mobility” study originally due to expire in December ("Santa Monica Banks on Future of Micro Mobility," November 13, 2019).
Councilmember Terry O’Day frets that the $1 million fees and fines levied against Bird are too onerous for a company valued at $2 billion.
Would that he showed such concern for the safety of residents facing the hazards of sharing our sidewalks with entitled scooter riders.
Obviously, her reasoning doesn’t work on Ocean Avenue which has bike paths on either side of the street and still many e-scooter riders defy state law and choose to ride on the sidewalk.
She boasts that these alternate mobility devices replaced “millions” of car rides when the staff report summary claims 1.2 million replacements, based on figures with no reference to any methodology back-up.
Davis also wants parity with cars. In responding to a call for a complaint hotline so pedestrians can report wrongdoing by e-scooter riders, she said she’d like to see the same for motorists.
Really? We already have that “hotline” to the Police Department.
One rewrote the sign over the pier to read: “Welcome to Santa Monica, home of e-scooters.”
Only 35 percent of users are residents. So we have been guinea pigs to benefit out-of-towners for far too long.
Thoughtful Santa Monicans, have already suggested many ways to handle this intrusion to the civic scene:
The City can keep on “studying,” but it needs to put these safeguards in action immediately.
Harriet P. Epstein
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