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Old 03-16-19, 02:15 PM
Paul Barnard
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Originally Posted by tn_roadie View Post
I'm not opposed to the way it treats "electric foot scooters". Their bill amends existing bike law rather than creating a new statute purely for their industry. I am opposed to using bicycle law that's been on the books for more than 50 years and applies to a totally different type of vehicle that have been around for more than 100 years. Scooters have been on the streets here for less than on year. Well funded corporations attempted to use existing law for their own purposes rather than create and pass new statutes that reflect the current political reality.

Cities across the country are struggling to deal with dockless bike share and scooters and it's too early to make state law that might preempt municipal rights to control local streets. The fact they thought it would be easy to shove scooters into bike law shows the political weakness of the cycling community.
I might suggest if you are going to try to organize an effort to oppose the proposed law, that you not oppose it on general principle. You'll need to find specific issues within the proposed law and attack that. I am not saying this at all for the sake of being adversarial, but your reply sounds like a long winded "just because." You'll have to give 'em some substance to be effective my friend.
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