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    Sucks to be Lime or Bird

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    If the non-selected vendors remain in the metro area, I'd expect a pile of the scooters at the point on the MVT (and other trails) where the geo-fence is. Presuming the units just stop working so the riders will get off and abandon the scooter. How do you suppose they will handle Columbia Island, where a scooter could be expected to transit through DC without ever crossing the river.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbb View Post
    If the non-selected vendors remain in the metro area, I'd expect a pile of the scooters at the point on the MVT (and other trails) where the geo-fence is. Presuming the units just stop working so the riders will get off and abandon the scooter. How do you suppose they will handle Columbia Island, where a scooter could be expected to transit through DC without ever crossing the river.
    First place, the rules have always governed where a bike or scooter can be left at the end of a ride, not where it can transit. It's fine to ride a Jump bike in Montgomery County, for example, so long as you return it to DC at the end of the trip.

    And Lime has always resolved all issues by not actually enforcing its rules. You return a Jump bike anywhere out of the city, they hit you with a $25 fee. Lime's enforcement mechanism was just to put something in the rules saying you couldn't do it. At one point, I called Lime, because I'd taken a Lime e-bike into Bethesda, and it had run out of juice before I could get it back to DC. The people I talked to were mystified about why I'd even bother calling.

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    ArlNow report a scooter rider crashed into a School Bus at the intersection of Wilson Blvd & N Oak St in Rosslyn. A commenter on the ArlNow article claiming to be a witness wrote the scooter rider was salmoning in the bike lane coming downhill and ran a red light he couldn't see before he hit the bus. No life threatening injuries reported.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey View Post
    ArlNow report a scooter rider crashed into a School Bus at the intersection of Wilson Blvd & N Oak St in Rosslyn. A commenter on the ArlNow article claiming to be a witness wrote the scooter rider was salmoning in the bike lane coming downhill and ran a red light he couldn't see before he hit the bus. No life threatening injuries reported.
    It's interesting that I just got a tweet about this, and this happened yesterday according to the article. The fact that there are numerous comments to the article which were posted yesterday confirms this.

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    I'm not sure that particular stretch of bike lane on Wilson gets much use while the lane closures for the building site at 1555 Wilson Blvd/Highlands Park are ongoing, but I regularly have to dodge salmoning scooters, joggers, and pedestrians, in the PBL sections on Wilson going up hill towards Courthouse.
    Last edited by Dewey; 01-07-2020 at 09:42 AM.

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    Hi everybody,
    I'm writing an article highlighting the findings of a new study comparing crash experiences of e-scooter riders and bicyclists from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Would anybody be interested in doing a 10 minute phone interview about your experiences with e-scooters? I'd love to talk with somebody who's been involved in a crash, some regular users of e-scooters, and some bicyclists interested in talking about sharing the road/bike lane with scooter riders.
    Jason Overdorf
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    Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

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