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"Disruptive" Bird Scooters Ruffle Feathers In Stillwater
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Re: "Disruptive" Bird Scooters Ruffle Feathers In Stillwater
« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2018, 04:23:42 AM »
I was reading an article yesterday about Cleveland throwing them out, and a university in the city rounding them up and making Bird come pick them up.

Maybe I'm going crazy, but I seem to recall an article over the weekend where people in some bigger city were rounding them up and tossing them into a body of water.

Where some people see a public nuisance, I see a free source of abandoned lithium ion batteries for the picking. :lol:  Publish a video on YouTube showing how to gut those scooters and make whole-house battery packs, and the Bird problem will be over before you know it.....
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Re: "Disruptive" Bird Scooters Ruffle Feathers In Stillwater
« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2018, 08:39:03 AM »
You may have read something off the wire from the LA Times.

Down in the Los Angeles area, the Bird and Lime scooters and their riders have become a nuisance, riding double, on sidewalks, no helmets, scooters left lying everywhere, no permits, etc. The scooters have been tossed in dumpsters, the ocean and toilets, set afire, and broken.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-bird-scooter-vandalism-20180809-story.html

And, I agree, they would make a great source of raw materials. :)

There are several other articles and editorials available about this if you search: la times bird scooters.
   

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Re: "Disruptive" Bird Scooters Ruffle Feathers In Stillwater
« Reply #5 on: October 15, 2018, 01:21:26 PM »
Scotters will be kicked off the OSU campus later today:


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Re: "Disruptive" Bird Scooters Ruffle Feathers In Stillwater
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2018, 01:53:54 AM »
  The scooter stampede of 2018 is great news for urban transportation.

https://www.vox.com/energy-and-environment/2018/12/5/18116647/electric-scooter-lime-bird-skip-spin-2018

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Re: "Disruptive" Bird Scooters Ruffle Feathers In Stillwater
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2018, 07:51:41 AM »
Here, ER reports are going up because people falling off of them.  Hitting large cracks and rolling over the top of them. Minneapolis has allowed them, I am not sure if they are around during the winter.  Another suburb has bikes. They have been pulled off for winter.

I know if I find one in my yard from another city-the damn thing is going in the trash.
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Re: "Disruptive" Bird Scooters Ruffle Feathers In Stillwater
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2018, 12:57:43 PM »
SIMPLE:  *If* it contains a motor -- be it internal combustion or electric -- it is a "motorized" vehicle and should be licensed, tagged, and INSURED...or impounded!
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Re: "Disruptive" Bird Scooters Ruffle Feathers In Stillwater
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2018, 01:48:15 PM »
SIMPLE:  *If* it contains a motor -- be it internal combustion or electric -- it's a "motorized" vehicle and should be licensed, tagged, and INSURED...or impounded!

...or donated to the nearest school as parts for STEM projects!  :grin:

Having just sat through a few months of grand jury service here in New Yorkistan and being repeatedly read the state's definition of a motor vehicle, the operator also needs to be licensed to even ride the thing.  If it doesn't move under muscle power or on rails, it is a motor vehicle and subject to all Vehicle & Traffic laws.....
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Re: "Disruptive" Bird Scooters Ruffle Feathers In Stillwater
« Reply #11 on: December 09, 2018, 04:35:30 AM »
OSU-Stillwater is preparing to lift its ban on scooters in place since October, once it chooses which scooter company to award permits for operation on campus.  https://www.stwnewspress.com/news/osu-preparing-to-choose-scooter-vendor/article_6548710c-f437-11e8-8508-23e68f343c93.html

I think the scooters passed their peak about a couple of months ago when there were over a 100 of them scattered around downtown and then more on street corners on the way to the OSU campus.  The city impounded a bunch of them for being illegally parked.  Scooters are still around, but not as thick. My guess now is they will last all winter, unless it's a bad one.  The worst accident with injury I heard of was where an OSU student broke his ankle.

I wouldn't want to be crazy enough to ride one without a helmet, so haven't yet. I usually use my car to get around, except for occasional walks to the nearby Wal-Mart and a few other stores and eating places.  The walk is good exercise, which I would not be getting on a scooter. 

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