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    Sit-down scooters, a new class of personal mobility device.

    WAMU published a list of shared vehicles you can rent by app in the DC area. My attention was drawn to the heading 'What's Not Available Yet' (presumably these are coming at some point) showing scooters with a seat. The article writer describes two companies, Wheels and Bird, as offering 'pedal-less ebikes', and a third company Razor offering a 'sit-down scooter'. To be clear these are not ebikes, having foot pegs or a footrest platform but no pedals, neither are they electric mopeds like the Revel shared mopeds that have DOT compliant safety equipment capable of 30mph. This type of 'sit-down scooter' from Wheels, Bird, Razor, etc. uses modified scooter or ebike frames with 14" or 20" wheels. In California where these vehicles are being trialled in Los Angeles and San Diego they are treated the same as scooters, so the state requires speed be limited to 15mph, they may not ride on sidewalks, and can ride on streets with a 35mph speed limit or higher if there is a bike lane Source: California vehicle code Scooter speed limit and riding rules.

    If (when?) these sit-down scooters come to DC they would be classed as a personal mobility device (DC) or shared mobility device (Arlington & Alexandria), and presumably regulated the same as dockless scooters and ebikes.
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    When I was in San Antonio this spring, there was an eye-popping array of scooters everywhere, including some with big beefy tires, and more than a few that had a bike-like saddle perched on a post -- as well as a standing platform -- giving the rider the option to sit or stand while operating the scooter.

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    The city of Fairfax, which is a tiny portion of Fairfax county has just gotten scooters in the last 2 to 3 weeks. I think I saw SPIN and Bird. I look forward to seeing them in the county as well, which is too big to cover with docked bikes.

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    I think the solution to scooters being vandalized is driverless technology; so they don't clutter the sidewalks. Once ridden they can scoot and go drink some power somewhere else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
    Sit-down scooters, a new class of personal mobility device.
    Really?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mstone View Post
    Really?
    So your top picture is a mobility scooter, bottom is a motor scooter, these new vehicles are a type of motorized scooter, they are not mopeds or ebikes because they don't have pedals. If they need a new name to distinguish them from stand-up motorized kick scooters surely it is not beyond the wit of man to come up with an appropriate name that keeps them herded together...sit-down motorized scooter, seated electric scooter? Sorry it's the librarian in me coming out...must...classify.

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    For what it's worth, growing up around here in the mid-2000s, we called Vespa-style scooters mopeds. Only recently did I realize the origin of the term.

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    So when are these venture capitalist geniuses going to debut rideshare lawnmowers on the national mall? Navigating between them is going to be thrilling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeprosyStudyGroup View Post
    So when are these venture capitalist geniuses going to debut rideshare lawnmowers on the national mall? Navigating between them is going to be thrilling.
    Surely with the condition of the turf grass on the National Mall we need these grass slippers...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
    So your top picture is a mobility scooter, bottom is a motor scooter, these new vehicles are a type of motorized scooter, they are not mopeds or ebikes because they don't have pedals. If they need a new name to distinguish them from stand-up motorized kick scooters surely it is not beyond the wit of man to come up with an appropriate name that keeps them herded together...sit-down motorized scooter, seated electric scooter? Sorry it's the librarian in me coming out...must...classify.
    I'm still just not seeing how they're new. I guess marketing wants to give them a new name to assure people they aren't dorky?

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