Re “E-scooters stir controversy again in WeHo,” Jan. 18 issue
I do not understand how [West Hollywood Mayor] John Erickson can equate the number of accidents from tens of thousands of cars to the number of scooter accidents when there are possibly only 300 scooters in use in West Hollywood.
To me, this is faulty logic. And he’s only using it to illogically buoy up his argument for scooters.
I have asked him if the city would post a hefty reward for information leading to the capture of the hit and run scooter rider that left a woman seriously injured in front of MedMen. I am waiting to hear the outcome of that request.
Also, I agree with Councilmember [Lauren] Meister that contracts with the scooter companies cannot proceed until they find out the ramifications of Bird’s chapter 11 bankruptcy case.
Actually, I think the scooters should be banned altogether, considering this whole program has been problematic and downright dangerous from the inception of the pilot program … and even before, when the scooter companies unceremoniously dumped them on our sidewalks without even getting permission from the city.
Both UCLA, and the Santa Monica Daily Press have put out recent articles on the rise of scooter accidents, and that the injuries are becoming more and more serious. Also, I read that the city of San Jose is in a legal battle with a scooter rider over the city’s negligence in providing safe riding areas. They are working on a settlement of around $400,000.