Bill to open up roadways for e-scooters rolling forward

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  • davemalone Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 8:59 a.m.

    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.

  • Fullypresent Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 8:47 a.m.

    Bad move. There will be more injuries and deaths.

  • klimber510 Salt Lake City, UT
    March 13, 2019 6:46 a.m.

    "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.