Disrupting the Commons: Dockless Bikes and Scooters Create Layers of Community Instability

by S.A. Applin : motherboard – excerpt

San Francisco’s electric scooters are disruptive to the communities where they are abandoned and, because they are constantly moving, the issues of abandonment and refuse cycle through neighborhoods.

Recently, the City of San Francisco has been cracking down on bike and scooter share companies such as LimeBike, Bird, and Spin. These companies provide “dockless” electric bikes and scooters for people in San Francisco to rent. The idea is that people rent and ride these to their destination and park the bikes “wherever bikes are allowed”, and the scooters, “by bike racks, when available.”… (more)

These things are so cheap it makes no sense to rent one. People have been know to buy them, play with them and then throw them away. The small wheels make them vulnerable to every little bump in the rode and they are dangerous without helmets and knee and elbow pads.

 

Another pedestrian breaks leg on yellow curbside bumps

By Gary Richards, Roadshow : mercurynews – excerpt

This is a response to your article about people slipping on those yellow buttons at crosswalks. On Feb. 26 at around 7 a.m. I was heading to work at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation when I slipped on the yellow sidewalk bumps and fractured both my tibia and fibula…

This is the second such incident reported to Roadshow where a person slipped like this and broke their leg. Keith says he is considering filing a claim against Palo Alto.

These are “truncated domes,” which are typically located at the bottom of curb ramps and have been required by federal law since 1991 to give warning to the visually impaired that they are leaving the sidewalk and entering the street. Their design is stipulated to include traction-enhancing features on the top of each dome to minimize slipping… (more)

The design is obviously flawed because hundreds of people fall on them. Even some bikes go down. Another dumb idea that got sold to the government that needs to go.