I have a 7 year old and can't image putting her on one of these on an open
roadway at the age of 8. And certainly not without a helmet, which I don't
see mentioned as part of the bill? I might be an overly protective parent but
this is nuts. Please rethink this bill. Also what child at the age of 8 needs
"first and last mile transit solutions?" 12 years of age seems more
appropriate in my view.
Bad move. There will be more injuries and deaths.
"A floor amendment by the House sponsor of SB139, Rep. Adam Robertson,
R-Provo, also dropped the minimum age for unsupervised operation of electric
scooters on public property from the originally proposed 15 years old to 8 years
of age."I'm 67 years old and rode an e-scooter in the
Sugarhouse area one time. I crashed while trying to negotiate a curb and got
some nasty bruises. I think I was lucky my injuries weren't much worse.The plan to lower the age limit to 8 is insane to me. Utah roads have
potholes and other obstacles that require a scooter with small wheels to swerve
in order to avoid. Ask any motorcycle rider. I felt a distinct sense of
vulnerability riding a scooter along the side of the road with cars whizzing by.
Moreso than while riding a bike. Maybe it was due to my inexperience riding a
motorized scooter, but I felt much less stable than riding a bike.I
suggest every member of the State Legislature go ride an e-scooter before you
vote on this bill. And not just on low-traffic side roads. See whether you
really think lowering the age limit is wise. I don't.