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There are 8 comments on How Good Are Brookline’s New E-Scooters? Our Interns Took Them for a Ride and Tell You What You Need to Know

  1. I find it incredibly frustrating that BU Today would include a video and photo of people using the e-scooters on the sidewalk. Riding on the sidewalk is expressly prohibited by Brookline and it endangers pedestrians. With new students coming to campus, it is critical to model proper use of these e-scooters to encourage good community citizenship and prevent accidents/injuries. Please consider an etiquette/safety story in the near future and put careful thought into which images/videos are used…

  2. I’d like to encourage scooter riders to leave the scooter off to the side of the sidewalk when you’re done riding, *not* in the middle of the sidewalk. Leaving scooters in the middle of the sidewalk (which I see a LOT in Brookline) negatively impacts people living with mobility challenges, particularly those in assistive vehicles and/or with walking devices.

    Be considerate of your fellow humans, please. Thank you, Terriers!

  3. All these BU trials were done with HELMETS. Great. But all the people on scooters I have seen using them in real life had NONE. They are juggling bags and cell phone while holding the scooter with one hand! The roads in the Boston-Brookline area are full of potholes and dangerous; AND scooters are not allowed on SIDEWALKS: what is Nathan doing on sidewalks twice in the BU Today piece? We need to protect pedestrian safety and sidewalk accessibility. Do we need injuries and possibly worse before we realize how dangerous they can be? Brookline, PLEASE, ban scooters. Boston & Cambridge, PLEASE, never consider them. They are not safe. Use bikes (exercise!), push for building more protected bike-lanes, cycle safely, follow traffic rules, and wear helmets! BU should not endorse this technology fad.

    1. Agreed. I’m sure Eugenino also agrees that cars should be banned. The numbers show these 4000+lb beasts are clearly too dangerous for our cities, way more so than 20lb/15mph scooters.

  4. E-scooters absolutely don’t belong on sidewalks with pedestrians who have the right of way and who may be elderly, disabled, walking with strollers or pets, or simply distracted. They should be banned until cities address infrastructure that does not accommodate cars, bicycles or pedestrians.

  5. It is great to see alternative transportation options, such as scooters, bikes, and skateboards. True, people should not scoot on the sidewalks, they should be careful, and should wear helmets.

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