Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Scooter rules - it's the law

Yesterday, the explosively charming weather took many out of their global cooling wet funk timed with the launch of Lime e-Scooters.

First encounter, two people, a man and a woman midday on Washington St. uptown. He was trying to get the device going south - with the woman on board!


A 15 minute Horsey ride on Sinatra Drive saw a lot of people zipping around. It was like an infestation of locusts. Rather harmless all in all with many grins coasting by.

Later in the day, however, more and more people took to the street or rather, the sidewalks. That's illegal! None seen wearing a helmet other than the sighting of one Horse on Sinatra Drive gloved over front hooves.

There were zero education efforts other than the City website by the Ravi Bhalla Administration. By day's end, the Hoboken Police Department received almost 1,000 complaints with illegal actions by Lime riders across town: riding the opposite way on one-way streets, doubling up on the one person devices and ignoring traffic signals.

This is the Soprano State after all. Yesterday, Hoboken singlehandedly lived up to the billing.

Here's the sane advice offered courtesy of the Hoboken Police Department.

Councilman Peter Cunningham: "Less than a day and already issues with scooters"

Official release:

I'm sure many of you are aware of the release below about the "scooter" madness that hit our streets today.  I was in favor of bringing the scooters to Hoboken on the condition that we could ensure they were operated safely on our street.  In fact, I negotiated with members of the council more closely aligned with the mayor to reduce the number of scooters to rent to make it more manageable for Hoboken Police to enforce the rules, as well to ensure we collected data on their "illegal" use.  I support more than 90% of the Mayor's agenda.  To gain my support, the scooter rental resolution had to be negotiated to get it passed.

There will be an important meeting tomorrow morning (so I am told) to discuss ways to ensure that there is no day two of reckless riding of scooters the wrong way, on sidewalks, through the parks, and on the grass - all without a helmet.  Representatives from the scooter companies will be present along with the Admin and HPD.  It is unclear if any City Council members will be present.  It is astonishing that nobody was hurt today, but the potential as many of you know was extremely high.  These scooter companies have the ability to provide important data on illegal use to support HPD.

I look forward to reporting the results of this meeting, among other issues of interest.