Watch out, Bay Area, the e-scooter revolution is coming to a sidewalk near you :The Mercury News (formerly San Jose Mercury News), often locally known as The Merc, is an American daily newspaper published in San Jose, California, in Silicon Valley. Published by the Bay Area News Group, a subsidiary of Digital First Media, The Mercury News has the 5th largest circulation out of American newspapers.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2018/04/11/ ... -near-you/
SAN JOSE — When Harman Ghotra woke up late, dashed out the door and realized he had four minutes to get across campus to deliver a paper to his statistics professor, the calculations started spinning through his mind. Walk to class: Eight minutes. Run? Too much trouble.
Then there it was, parked at the intersection of 4th Street and San Fernando, an electric scooter, the latest craze in urban transportation that is suddenly multiplying around Bay Area downtowns.
“I was running late,” said the 21-year-old computer engineering student, “so why not?”
With a quick click on an app and a flip of the kickstand, he was whizzing across the San Jose State University campus — and arriving with two minutes to spare.
Lessee... these daze the "medias" are using words like "revolution"... and "apocalypse"... and "wheelmageddon"... FUNily enough, I'm OK w/just revolution.
The "last mile" seems large these days...
Meanwhile, from a year ago...Bird — founded by former Lyft and Uber exec Travis VanderZanden — got off to a rocky start when it launched in Santa Monica in September and was charged with a misdemeanor by December for failing to secure proper permits and ignoring citations to remove its scooters from sidewalks. It settled with the city for $300,000 by February. One scooter rider there was injured in a collision with a car.
Recent Spate of Fatal Crashes in Santa Monica a Sobering Reminder of Gaps in Street Safety:
http://www.santamonicanext.org/2017/04/ ... et-safety/
Somebuddy should DO SOMETHING about those tiny scooter thingees!According to the 265-page Pedestrian Action Plan, which takes a comprehensive look at walking in the city, obstacles to increasing the number of people who walk, and strategies to improve safety, Santa Monica averaged about 100 reported injury collisions involving pedestrians every year between 2001 and 2012.