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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by bspecht » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:15 am

Scooters are in Memphis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, San Antonio, etc... There's no reason Kansas City can't have them now.

A lot of people were questioning dockless before winter in DC – nothing notable happened, if weather got too bad they were taken off the streets.

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by KCPowercat » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:11 pm

I do see myself more likely to use them than bikeshare (not the most confident biker)...but I would assume they could go on the sidewalks

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by DaveKCMO » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:02 pm

KCPowercat wrote:I do see myself more likely to use them than bikeshare (not the most confident biker)...but I would assume they could go on the sidewalks
Probably not, but with little enforcement you'd see it just like people riding their bikes on the sidewalk (and the wrong way on streets).

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by KCPowercat » Wed Jun 27, 2018 3:55 pm

bikes on the sidewalks is a) confusing as the law provides for people to ride on sidewalks outside of "business centers" and b) seem way more offensive to me as a walker as they are bigger/heavier and go much faster than I'm assuming these scooters go?

Not saying any of that is right or wrong, just my impressions.

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by KCPowercat » Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:48 pm

we shouldn't worry about them on the sidewalks here, we have enough non-ADA compliant corners, we won't be able to travel far

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by mean » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:32 pm

I can't tell if this is a stupid temporary fad doomed to failure or a stupid long-term fad doomed to annoy the shit out of me.

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by taxi » Thu Jun 28, 2018 10:40 am

bspecht wrote:They move pretty well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2SK_60VpHs
"People are taking shits on your scooters in San Francisco. How does that make you feel?"

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by bspecht » Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:20 pm

Get ready. Lime is looking for an Operations Manager in KC.

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by DaveKCMO » Mon Jul 02, 2018 7:47 pm

bspecht wrote:Get ready. Lime is looking for an Operations Manager in KC.
That makes two confirmed operators!

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by KCPowercat » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:00 pm

are they their bikes or scooters?

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by DaveKCMO » Mon Jul 02, 2018 8:06 pm

KCPowercat wrote:are they their bikes or scooters?
Maybe both! More to come...

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by flyingember » Tue Jul 03, 2018 9:45 am

grecobs wrote:
tower wrote:bspecht, do people with scooters do a pretty good job of staying off sidewalks in DC? There, at least they have bike lanes and enough cyclists that cars know to keep an eye out.
Scooter mania is in full force in SF. KC a will struggle to keep them off the sidewalks bc there aren’t enough protected bike lanes and there isn’t too much foot traffic. That said, the introduction of scooters will help drive the sense of urgency for more non-car infrastructure.

I could see a scooter network doing well from Brooksside to the River Market (aka streetcar) but am curious how the system would do in the winter. Either way, KC is probably a ways off, these companies will probably expand internationally before they come to KC.
KC code is designed with the expectation that scooter riders (like bike riders) will use the sidewalk. There's going to be zero effort and no additional urgency made for them

See 70-695

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by KCPowercat » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:45 am

City staff is in fact researching this now.

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by Imarealperson » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:49 am

These are everywhere in Nashville.

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by flyingember » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:07 am

KCPowercat wrote:City staff is in fact researching this now.
40-117 hasn't changed the cost of horse drawn lunch carts since the 1970s.

I'll believe change is underway when there's an ordinance that passes

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by KCPowercat » Tue Jul 03, 2018 11:12 am

Great.

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by gfenn11 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:44 pm

Bird is hiring for their charging team in KC, so I guess we will see both limebikes/scooters as well as Bird scooters very soon!

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by DaveKCMO » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:21 pm

gfenn11 wrote:Bird is hiring for their charging team in KC, so I guess we will see both limebikes/scooters as well as Bird scooters very soon!
Where did you see this?

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Re: e-Scooter Share

Post by gfenn11 » Thu Jul 05, 2018 6:23 pm

DaveKCMO wrote:
gfenn11 wrote:Bird is hiring for their charging team in KC, so I guess we will see both limebikes/scooters as well as Bird scooters very soon!
Where did you see this?
It was an ad on my Facebook feed. I went ahead and did the sign-up process and everything.

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