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    Quote Originally Posted by TwoWheelsDC View Post
    I seem to remember reading an article a few weeks ago that judged e-bikeshares were ultimately the fastest, followed by e-scooters (I may have that backward...it was close either way, and now I can't find the article). I haven't tried a scooter yet (personally I would get on a Jump or CaBi+ before a e-scooter), but my understanding is that scooters are not suited to going up hills of any kind. So around downtown they may be okay, but if you're going up to Columbia Heights or something, you'll want to grab a Jump or CaBi+.
    I believe that, but I still feel that a scooter is "fast enough" for cruising around between transport stops without a helmet etc. And it's only a matter of time before there are stronger motors, etc. Conceptually the scooter makes more sense to me for short trips from pretty much every angle other than "hauling capacity".

    I'd always rather ride *my* bike. But I think I'd rather use an e-scooter than a cabi if I'm just looking for convenient short-trip transportation.

    It'll be interesting to see how it plays out.

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    On scooters, it seems like they are less stable, particularly at speed, and less able to carry stuff than bikes. But they take up less space and they are easier to get on and off than bikes. I don't think e-assist fundamentally changes those facts, they just make it easier to go faster on either a scooter or a bike.

    Given that, I think some people will prefer bikes, and others will prefer scooters. For the rest - people who are fine with either - scooters are probably better for shorter trips (particularly because they are slower), bikes for longer.

    Also, early adopters of anything are going to be less risk adverse than the general population. Plus, the first few times anyone uses anything, they're going to make mistakes/misjudge/etc. Finally, new stuff generally seems weird and stands out to most people. So, I'm not at all surprised that the average person sees people using scooters now as not well-behaved. I imagine that the scooter-ers take risks more than most and that they misjudge how fast they can go in new situations. Also, an adult riding a scooter sticks out to the average person more than other things. And some people are just jerks. But I rather have those jerks on scooters than in a car. We should address putting limits on bad behavior through regulation and infrastructure.

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    Alexandria to roll out scooter program The Post's Gridlock reports the City of Alexandria will run its own scooter trial

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    And not an e-scooter to be seen in Frankfurt

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    According to Catherine Rampell E-scooters are like Q-tips.

    “In both cases, the products are marketed with explicit warnings about how not to use them, even though everyone knows that’s precisely the way pretty much every customer will use them.”

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/opini...=.bdf71c007ed6

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    Looking for an E-scooter? Try the Potomac.

    https://slate.com/technology/2018/12...vandalism.html

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    Thumbs up I generally enjoy them

    I've taken about 10 e-scooter trips since moving to DC in September. I have to say, as far as a last minute option when trying to transfer from the red line to the silver line in Downtown DC, they're a nice little addition to the commute. I've also used them while museum hopping with friends.

    As I saw before in the thread "two wheels good" sums up my opinion. If they can replace short-distance lyft/uber rides (assuming the riders are sober) I'm all for it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonkislin View Post
    I've taken about 10 e-scooter trips since moving to DC in September. I have to say, as far as a last minute option when trying to transfer from the red line to the silver line in Downtown DC, they're a nice little addition to the commute. I've also used them while museum hopping with friends.

    As I saw before in the thread "two wheels good" sums up my opinion. If they can replace short-distance lyft/uber rides (assuming the riders are sober) I'm all for it.
    Definitely tell powers that be about your experience and opinion. A quick email to mobility@arlingtonva.us will help support scooters in Arlington.

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    I'm a contract repair person for Bird- The things some people do to these scooters borders on impressive... LOL

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    There were several parts of one sticking out of a trash can by the WW2 memorial this morning like calamari legs. Gave me a chuckle.

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