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by Prince Of Petworth September 13, 2018 at 10:45 am 0

A reader reports:

“This morning, I was putting away the trash cans and I found this bird scooter stashed under under my deck in Petworth.

Looks like someone destroyed it…and then literally “gave me the bird”.”

Courtney asks:

“have you heard about e-scooters being hidden? I’m seeing it more and more, I suspect this is why scooters are often not where my app says they are.”

by Prince Of Petworth August 30, 2018 at 12:45 pm 0

From DDOT:

“The District Department of Transportation today announced it will continue the Dockless Vehicle Program for bicycles and scooters in the District.

The existing program will extend through December 2018 with minor changes. DDOT plans further changes to the program in 2019, once new regulations are proposed and adopted this Fall.

“Mayor Bowser consistently challenges us to think creatively about transportation options for District residents, as we have done for this program. We have learned a tremendous amount about the viability and performance of dockless vehicles through this demonstration project,” said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian. “As we move forward with the program, DDOT will use the information gleaned from users, non-users, stakeholders and the participating companies to design long-term management policies that will allow the program to expand while maintaining the integrity and safety of our public space.”

From the start of the program in September 2017 through June 2018 users took more than 625,000 rides on dockless bikes and scooters. In May 2018 alone, more than 55,000 users took over 140,000 trips.

Phase I Extension

The Phase 1 extension will run from September through December 2018 and maintain the current cap on vehicles at 400 per company. One of the key new features is a requirement that dockless bikes must have a mechanism for bikes to lock to a bike rack or other post to maintain unobstructed pedestrian areas and prevent tipping. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 15, 2018 at 1:15 pm 0

Photo by Carl

“Dear PoPville,

I want to tell you about a near death experience I had while riding one of those electronic scooters.

I was riding up 14th in the bike lane with a green light ahead. As I was passing by Girard St, a mid sized car traveling the opposite direction came barreling down 14th St and without stopping took a left on Girard cutting me off. Just a second from a direct impact, I jumped off the scooter and fell to the ground, narrowly missing what could have been a fatal encounter. I’m scuffed up but the situation has me pretty shaken up.

Wondering if any your readers have had similar terrifying situations on these scooters? My hunch is that the driver never saw me due to the lack of light/size of me on a scooter vs the size of a bike.

Would you ride a scooter again if you were me? (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth August 2, 2018 at 9:45 am 0

From a Bird spokesperson:

“Bird announced it is helping commuters impacted by the Red Line shutdown in D.C. by setting up “nests” of electric scooters at the Brookland and Rhode Island Avenue metro stations.

Helping people get around town more easily is one of Bird’s top priorities. And with the 45-day closure of part of the Red Line, Metro riders need more options to ensure their commutes aren’t disrupted and they’re able to get to where they’re going without delays. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth July 12, 2018 at 1:35 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

Since these dockless scooter companies arrived in DC, I’ve been hopping on Birds/Limes/Spins at every opportunity. My morning commute went from the worst to the best part of my day. The only problem is that I often can’t find a scooter available nearby when I need one.

I spent a few hours researching how much one of these puppy dogs would cost retail, and found the Bird scooters (manufactured by Chinese company Xiaomi) are only available from Amazon for $500 or other foreign re-sellers (Like Gearbest or AliExpress for even more than that. I feel like $500 isn’t bad at all, but am very hesitant to make the investment without a local servicing solution.

I’m wondering if anybody knows of either a retail scooter shop or scooter repair shop in the DMV? I’ve been spinning my wheels (haw haw) on Google and Yelp trying to find a spot, but given the multiple meanings of ‘scooter’, have not been able to locate a single store that deals in electric kick scooters like Bird or Lime.”

by Prince Of Petworth June 28, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

“Right after your post about owning a scooter too.”

“Dear PoPville,

Our much beloved Honda Ruckus was stolen last night from the corner of Summit Pl and Quarry Rd NW in Lanier Heights. I had a heavy duty Kryptonite lock/chain and the thieves cut right through it.

My boyfriend filed a police report this morning. Apparently, another scooter was stolen two blocks away last night on the corner of Summit Pl and Clydesdale. They smashed the area around the ignition, so I have a suspicion that it was some kind of scooter stealing ring that is only interested in parts. (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 27, 2018 at 3:15 pm 0

Photo by PoPville flickr user brunofish

“Dear PoPville,

Over the last month or so, I’ve noticed Vespas and other similar makes all over DC, especially near my DuPont/Farragut office. My work commute is a bit long and while I don’t mind taking the bus or ubering (or walking, which is what I tend to do), I wouldn’t mind having my own transportation. However, I don’t need a car, at least not at the moment. I’ve looked into the different models and really like the GTS Super 300 because it goes a little faster than some of the other models and I could potentially use it to visit my family in the VA suburbs. I know I need a special license for it and looked into insurance too but I have questions about people’s experience with them but don’t know anyone who has one and the articles/threads I’ve found aren’t recent.

Some questions I have are: (more…)

by Prince Of Petworth June 1, 2018 at 3:40 pm 0

“Dear PoPville,

So now we have to put up with these things in traffic? This dude rode his scooter down Massachusetts in front of me from Garfield to the British embassy. During rush hour. He went about 15mph or so, which was fine when traffic was slowing for a light. But less fine when some people were driving 30mph.”

Another reader writes:

“While we’re talking about scooters… can we talk about how they DON’T belong in the road?! Every day when I bike home down M Street, I have to dodge scooters wobbling and weaving down the street. Those things are not fast enough to be on the road.”

Ed. Note: We used to have these very rants about bicycles not too long ago. So, more bike lanes the answer?


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