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