Editor: Contrary to the Arlington County’s government’s optimism, electric scooters (“shared mobility devices”) certainly do not make the community better, safer and more sustainable.

As I drive through all parts of Arlington every day, I am confronted with e-scooter riders who disregard all of the county’s  PAL warnings (be predictable, alert and lawful). I have seen scooters:

• Weave in and out of traffic.

• Ride in the wrong direction.

• Ignore traffic lights.

• Ride on sidewalks.

• Make turns directly into the path of pedestrians trying to cross a street.

• Go too fast for the road conditions, e.g., complicated construction sites or congested areas like Ballston.

I recommend that the Arlington County Police Department get involved. If the police pulled over a couple of these scooter scofflaws, word might reach the e-scooter community that traffic rules actually apply to them, too.

Judy Cusick, Arlington

(2) comments

ManassasBro

South Park beat you to it in the Halloween episode “The Scoots” http://southpark.cc.com/full-episodes/s22e05-the-scoots

Dave Schutz

I don't think there is an 'e-scooter community'. I expect that what scooter-ists are doing now, they are going to keep doing.

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