E-Scooters To Soon Be Hitting Tucson Streets Raising Safety Concerns
TUCSON, AZ – According to an online news report at kold.com, e-scooters are going to be hitting the streets of Tucson.*
Before the big launch on September 12, 2019, e-scooter companies such as Razor and Bird, who were awarded a six-month trial, gave the public a taste of their e-scooters earlier this week. “I think if more people have easier access to transportation that’s great, but if they become a safety hazard as they have in some places then that’s a concern,” said a graduate student at the University of Arizona.
The graduate student enjoys biking around the city and isn’t worried about having to share the road with e-scooters. However, she is concerned about motorists, who she claims can act aggressively towards bicyclists and now potentially towards e-scooter riders.
Both Razor and Bird have 500 scooters out at this point, plus another 250 in “opportunity zones” close to lower income locations.
“We’re interested in introducing more choices to people in Tucson in terms of how they get around,” said the bicycle and pedestrian coordinator for the Tucson Department of Transportation.
E-scooters will not be abled on the University of Arizona’s campus. Notwithstanding, the University is getting ready for the 1,500 scooters that are expected to be on the streets. There were be a total of 20 “dropping zones” for scooters located around the University’s campus.
The school is disallowing e-scooters on campus because they are deemed, according to the Executive Director of parking and transportation for the University, to be unsafe for students, faculty, staff and guests.
The Executive Director notes that the school has developed a type of scooter rack for drivers to park their e-scooters. The hope is that the drop zones will be organized once the scooters are released to the public. If this goes well, then the University plans on implementing more around campus.
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