Your two photos of scooter riders indicate they’ve broken Bird Scooter rules (“Bird electric scooters have landed in Baltimore. Now the city is trying to figure out how to regulate them,” July 23). The company makes it clear riders are not to be on sidewalks, and all riders must wear helmets. In both pictures, the riders are on the sidewalk and are not wearing helmets. One even appeared to be listening on earphones.
It’s unacceptable that Mayor Catherine Pugh, the city’s transportation and police departments and the Baltimore City Council “are now scrambling to establish rules for a company that has only been in the city three weeks.” Rules should have been hammered down before the first scooter arrived in Baltimore.
It’s shameful the council spends so much time and money destroying Civil War Confederate statues, attempting to eliminate ethnic festivals (Columbus Day) and worries about soft drinks on children’s menus while at the same time a dangerous product is on our sidewalks.
I’m tired of seeing the black scooters lying around everywhere since they’re tripping hazards. I’m furious on account of the near-misses I’ve experienced while walking on downtown sidewalks. And I’m disgusted city officials allow Bird Scooter to run a for-profit company in my community without a permit.
During the War of 1812, Baltimore held off the British fleet at the Inner Harbor. Today, Baltimore can’t hold off a fleet of electric scooters on Pratt Street. What a disgrace.