My girlfriend and I rented scooters back when they were first introduced at Armature Works. After downloading the app and setting up the payment system, we were off, zinging around pedestrians and giggling maniacally. But even in the short time we were on the bright green electrified scooters, we noticed a potential problem. Pedestrians never saw or heard us speeding their direction. We used our brakes often and aggressively to avoid collisions. It just didn’t make sense to fly through a crowd of unsuspecting people on a silent, yet peppy electric scooter. Walkers and riders have always had a complex interaction, and tourists often get hurt when the two groups meet. Now, Treasure island is examining their current laws to make everyone happy.
While electric scooters are very popular and easy to rent, they are also a bit dangerous when mixed with thousands of tourists who are in “vacation mode”. And with current regulations that allow the scooters to operate on sidewalks, injuries happen. But now, Treasure Island is contemplating a change. In an effort to separete pedestrians from scooter riders, they are mulling over a new plan to allow scooters on the streets exclusively. The first problem with that plan? The scooters only go 14 mph, while cars travel at double that speed in the same areas. The proposition is better for walkers, but it’s quite dangerous for the scooters.
St. Pete Beach, Clearwater and Madeira Beach have already banned scooters on sidewalks, which makes sense, since tourists walk along Gulf Boulevard and other main thoroughfares constantly. And with Spring Break coming up soon, a decision will have to be made quickly. The city commission meeting for Treasure Island is scheduled for February 21st. Source: WFLA.com
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