Like many, I have been concerned for the safety of users of electric scooters on our streets and for both users and pedestrians on our sidewalks. I thought it good policy for the City Council to establish some policies to make them more safe. I was stunned to note that the only thing it did was charge a $300 fee for each scooter. This does nothing to increase safety, but significantly increases the cost for those who use them, many of whom use them because they do not have a car.
What is the point of the fee other than making scooter use more expen- sive and thus punishing those who cannot afford a car? Imagine the uproar if the Council imposed a $300 fee on every car in Raleigh. Scooter users, because they are few, often low income and relatively powerless, are having their lives made a little hard for no apparent purpose. Bob Fitzgerald Raleigh