It would seem that San Francisco’s beef against grab-and-ride electric scooters has taken an unforeseeable turn, as upset denizens have begun vandalizing hundreds of scooters.
Shocked electric scooter users shared photos of mopeds with severed wiring, tossed in trashcans, and even covered in feces. City Attorney pressures owners to apply for a permit that allows scooters to operate in the city.
Electric Scooter Issue on the Block Since January
Recently, San Francisco officials, including the City Attorney are pushing forward to enforcing electric scooter regulations, as more and more residents protest against the electric vehicles, saying that are public safety hazards.
At the beginning of this year, three San Francisco-based start-ups came up with a novel idea – sharing electric scooters for a greener city. The project was green-lighted by the city’s council and, over the following months, hundreds of scooters bearing Spin, LimeBikes, and Bird logos began popping out all over the city.
With the program in place, San Francisco residents can use a smartphone application to rent an electric scooter near their location. All they have to do is scan the moped’s QR code and hop on it, no docking required. After using the vehicle, the users would have simply left it parked for the next customer.
For a while, the idea of using an electric scooter instead of cars was well-received by the city’s residents. However, lately, more and more complaints have been piling up on the city council’s table, with San Francisco denizens claimed to have found scooter blocking entrances, garages or simply being ditched on the sidewalk.
More than that, according to some of these complaints, electric scooter riders seem to be ignoring traffic rules by riding their moped on the sidewalk.
As the cry for action grows more and more audible, a group of activists took matters into their own hands and began vandalizing electric scooters. According to several social media users, some riders found their scooter’s wires cut out, QR code covered in paint, and even fecal matter on them.
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