JUMP Bikes, e-scooters worth the start-up problems


From Robert Whitcomb’s “Digital Diary,’’ in GoLocal24.com

In other environmental news, GoLocal reports that Providence City Council President Pro Tempore Michael Corriea wants to ban JUMP Bikes and e-scooters from the city’s Ward Six until a community meeting can be held with transportation companies’ representatives.
Yes, we’re in the early, Wild West period of these new personal-transportation options.

New local ordinances and state laws are needed to control where they can be parked and retrieved, helmets should be mandated, and actions taken to discourage their vandalization. And there has to be a crackdown to make users of these things follow the rules of the road, such as obeying stop signs and traffic lights and barring people from riding them on sidewalks. A few of the users (especially boys and young men) use them like characters in a manic video game.

Still, we should put up with their inconveniences while appropriate rules are being crafted. They let people who cannot afford a car or truck get around easily; they take up far less space than other vehicles, and they don’t add to air pollution.

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