Pedestrians had better watch out
Re: “City may force scooters into bike lanes,” Dec. 6 news story
The proposed rules, outlined in Andrew Kenney’s article, are so vaguely worded and subjective — e.g., “whenever possible,” “stay to the right unless it’s unsafe,” “use sidewalk when other options aren’t available,” and the kicker, “riders would generally have to obey traffic laws and signals” — it would be impossible to enforce them even if the City and County of Denver had the resources and desire to go after scofflaws.
Essentially, we’re trusting e-scooter riders to obey the rules and discipline themselves. Does anyone honestly believe that riders are actually reading the tutorial before they speed off onto the sidewalk, bike lane, or street intersection? Does anyone believe they actually care about the rules?
As a pedestrian who’s been strafed too many times by e-scooters, I believe they have no place on city streets or sidewalks.
Unfortunately, it’s clear that Denver Mobility and special interests in Denver are somehow beholden to the e-scooter companies and we will not be rid of these nuisance toys anytime in the near future.
Fellow pedestrians, watch your backs! Wayne Tutzauer, Denver