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Old 07-17-19, 11:45 AM
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Originally Posted by Leisesturm View Post
The newest scooters to come online in Portland are more like small mopeds than real scooters. They are HUGE. The wheels must be 16" in diameter and they even have seats. On our regular Saturday morning walk recently, one of them had been placed carefully on the rumble strip of the wheelchair access ramp of the sidewalk. It would have caused considerable confusion and frustration if my wife (blind) had encountered it without me being there to identify it and make a path around it. A wheelchair user would have had to find another way to access that block. By now every Portlander has had to heave one of these things out of their way at least once in the last year. I'm not even sure if the latest mega-scooters are liftable by anyone lacking a bodybuilding background. I am not at all shocked to learn that they are winding up in rivers.
If they make them big enough, then nobody will be able to heft them over the rails and into the river, or they will all be a few feet away from boat ramps.

Portland was doing their "pilot study" a year ago. Perhaps they need more research.

Are they requiring helmets, and moped/motorcycle licenses?

I wouldn't be surprised if the 3rd generation will REQUIRE pick-up and drop-off at designated docking stations.
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Old 07-17-19, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
The video quality above indicates that may not be as old as one might expect.
It's a clip from Stand By Me, Ace and his tough guys acting tough.
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Old 07-17-19, 11:59 AM
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It's a clip from Stand By Me, Ace and his tough guys acting tough.
Ahhh... that makes more sense...

It did look like a setup.

I heard of the movie, but I don't think I ever saw it. I don't know why. I may have to track it down.

Still, mailbox vandals do still exist. I presume they're perpetrated by rural hicks... on the other hand, the rural residents are also the victims.
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Ahhh... that makes more sense...

It did look like a setup.

I heard of the movie, but I don't think I ever saw it. I don't know why. I may have to track it down.
It's a good movie. 50s nostalgia, a kinder, gentler time, when the gangsters looked like this:

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...we have these, and they are thus far somewhat problematic. The company (at the urging of the city) has, since inception, initiated a policy that they are no longer "dockless". You can still leave them locked to any bike rack, of return them to the dock. But if you just leave one any old place, there's an extra fee charged to the user's credit card to cover retrieval. Someone left one on my corner in front of the house, blocking the sidewalk. I phoned in a request to have it picked up, and it was gone in about four or five hours.

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Originally Posted by CliffordK View Post
I heard of the movie, but I don't think I ever saw it. I don't know why. I may have to track it down.

Still, mailbox vandals do still exist. I presume they're perpetrated by rural hicks... on the other hand, the rural residents are also the victims.
Stand By Me has a very young Wil Wheaten, AKA Wesley Crusher in it.

And yes... Mailbox Baseball was a thing.... And, in some areas, still is. Thankfully, it's quite rare now.
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These scooters are a real eyesore, and imposition on the rest of the pedestrian public IMO. Without any equity in them, in the form of a responsibly/considerately returned based deposit there is no motivation to treat them well and thus they are often treated as, and perceived as junk. The rental companies must buy these for far less than one might think or they’d build some deeper asset protection into their business models.

Then there is the whole personal and public safety/liability issue....Ive seen some crazy antics most of us wouldnt think to do, on these scooters by casual and unqualified riders.
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