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Get ready, Palo Alto. Scooters are about to hit the streets.

Original post made on Mar 3, 2020

After two years of delays, Palo Alto is preparing to join the electric scooter era this spring, when the city plans to start inviting companies to roll out their motorized fleets on local streets.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 12:42 PM

Comments (26)

Posted by BirdBrained
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Mar 3, 2020 at 1:12 pm

People are going to love these for about a day, and then complain that the scooters are littered all over the neighborhood. I look forward to the inevitable Twitter posts of the ridiculous locations these scooters will be found

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2020 at 1:43 pm

I would be interested to know what the school district is planning to do about this. I can definitely imagine them being left all over Paly, as well as other schools including Stanford. Teens in particular will love the availability of this.

Posted by Marco Schuffelen
a resident of South of Midtown
on Mar 3, 2020 at 3:01 pm

As a bicyclist I hate it when those things take up space at the already limited parking space for bicycles. There's no need to chain those things so they should stay away from regular bike parking. I've tried to move one away years ago but they're pretty heavy.

Posted by The Cars Will Eliminate A Scooter Infestation
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 3, 2020 at 3:35 pm

As long as the scooters stay off the sidewalks, I'm OK with them. Let these motorized adults (who never grew up) battle it out with the cars and we'll see who wins territorial rights.

There should also be citations for those who ride their bikes on the sidewalks...sidewalks are for pedestrians ONLY.

Posted by John
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 3, 2020 at 3:51 pm

Yes please! I'm in favor of everything we can to get rid off cars from downtown: less pollution, less noise, less pedestrian killing machines! Let's turn car parking spots into scooter parking spots, and let's turn two-direction road into one-way roads and open larger bike/scooter lanes!

Posted by George
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 3, 2020 at 4:06 pm

Seems like a great idea, especially in Palo Alto where everyone always complains endlessly about the traffic problems. I'd certainly visit Cal Ave and University Ave more if it was easy to just scoot there and not need to worry about driving or parking a car.

Posted by Let it begin
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 3, 2020 at 4:25 pm

Let the cavalcade of injuries begin!

Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 3, 2020 at 6:07 pm

We visit San Francisco a lot. San Francisco has a lot of scooter users. I don't see the scooters littering the sidewalks (at least in the last couple of years). The scooter rental companies do a good job at educating their users to only park at public bike racks and the city has been very active at installing bike racks around town. Does Palo Alto have enough bike racks, especially in the residential areas? If I want to use one of these scooters to get to the Caltrain station, where would I pick one up near my home? Or are the scooters only for out-of-town users who arrive on the train and use them to get to work?

Posted by JR
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 3, 2020 at 7:54 pm

This sounds like crony capitalism to me. Scooter companies should not be allowed to illegally park their pay-to-use scooters on public sidewalks. If they want to build warehouses around town on private property for parking then that's fine, but they should not be allowed to profit from illegal public sidewalk parking.

Sidewalks are for kids, walkers, joggers, pedestrians. Not for parking scooters! There should be zero tolerance on this matter.

Posted by not
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 3, 2020 at 8:20 pm

who approved this?
they need to spend several weeks in a town w/ scooters and they will realize what a nuisance they are

Posted by Downfall
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Mar 3, 2020 at 9:09 pm

Where is it legal to ride an electronic scooter? I know they are not legal on sidewalks, are they legal in bike lanes? Or on the road if there is no bike lane present?

Posted by Oh no
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 3, 2020 at 9:44 pm

Ugh. They are dangerous! Much more dangerous than bicycles and other alternative means of transportation. Why is the city allowing this?

Posted by Resident
a resident of another community
on Mar 3, 2020 at 10:08 pm

But how will I preserve my milky white complexion?
I wouldn’t want my friends back home to think I am really working as a street hawker or farmer in California.
We gave up bikes and motorcycles long ago.
My mum and gran always complained about their skin spots and blamed it on having to ride a motorcycle or bike.
I can’t wear sunscreen.

Posted by Willows4Ev
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 3, 2020 at 11:38 pm

Once upon a late 80s time, I got 2 tickets for skateboarding thru Palo Alto. I skated safe and not reckless at all. Now scooters are going to be legal???? What a joke. Shallower Alto on steroids.

Posted by Adam
a resident of Stanford
on Mar 4, 2020 at 6:10 am

Here comes all the complaints. Come on now. Getting a ticket in the 80's for skateboarding.???? Complaints about nothing thats relevant. WHAT A JOKE. Just move away if you dont like it. Who brings up a ticket from 30 years ago. Shallow Alto at its finest. smh lol

Posted by Drawing The Line...
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:28 am long as those geeks riding segways are prohibited from riding their contraptions on the sidewalks.

Let them use them on the 101!

Posted by Mario
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:54 am

Sweet! Ride it like you stole it!

Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 4, 2020 at 9:52 am

Like others have said, these scooters are dangerous. I won't waste time explaining the physics, but most of the riders will be young and under estimate the risks.

Posted by Otis
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 4, 2020 at 10:57 am

It may be illegal to ride them on the sidewalk, but from experience in downtown San Jose where I work, the law is ignored. I have no doubt they will also be ridden on the sidewalks of Palo Alto which are much narrower. Who will enforce the law? Probably no one. They are a hazard to pedestrians without a doubt.

Posted by Curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 4, 2020 at 11:42 am

"Why is the city allowing this?"

Dazzled by trendy shiny objects

Posted by Family Friendly
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 4, 2020 at 11:47 am

Lobbying, too. Kids on skateboards don't have a voice in city government, but lobbying and PR are the first things these startups throw money at.

Still, it might be a good thing. Reckless drivers and reckless scooters will cancel each other out in a few months, like matter and anti-matter.

Posted by Bike Parking Shortages all over town...
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 4, 2020 at 1:03 pm

Palo Alto has a shortage of convenient bike racks at most of the city's facilities, including parks, libraries (esp. Mitchell Park Library), Cubberley, Main Library, and ironically, City Hall. In addition, most Palo Alto shopping centers lack adequate bike parking. I bike to Midtown Safeway regularly. Parking my bike is regularly a problem there.

It would be nice if stores and restaurants provided at least ONE conveniently located auto parking space to provide rack space for TEN bikes. I like to bike to local restaurants, but there's often no place to park and securely lock my bike. Most City of Palo Alto events are grossly under resourced with bike parking. California Ave has a chronic shortage of bike parking on Farmers Market days.

Posted by Oh no
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 4, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Well, if things happen in Palo Alto as they have in other cities, the scooters will be on the sidewalks and other pedestrian areas (in parks for example), not on the roadway. So it will be scooters vs pedestrians and it will be ugly. These scooters cannot be stopped easily when they are going at cruising speed and they have seriously injured and even killed people elsewhere.

Posted by Get a hard plastic elbow pad
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 1:23 pm

Get one of those hard plastic elbow pads that batters use in baseball, apply vigorously to the scooter rider who may be endangering your own safety on the sidewalk. Brace, then explode forward using legs and shoulder for power.

Posted by MicrobManager
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Mar 4, 2020 at 8:00 pm

And how do these venture capitalists scooter co’s intend to wipe them down every day if they are hill and dale to prevent Covid-19 spread? BTW the spelling is of the illness has not self corrected. Google get it together. I wonder how WaiWai spells it.

Posted by Paul
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Mar 5, 2020 at 11:43 am

Saw an elderly Asian lady going THE WRONG WAY on Evelyn bicycle shoulder yesterday.

Use of thse things without helmets, wrist protection, etc highly irresponsible and shouldn't be encouraged by the city.

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