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.