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Personally I think that anything that removes people from the form of transport most dangerous to people... the car... is a very good thing. If we are to get people away from motor vehicles and all the issues they present, pollution, congestion, reduction in our green and pleasant land with the constant need for more roads, the better.
I do think that there needs to be some behavioural expectations and laws around their usage, but its a backward person who thinks that banning them or making their use difficult will stop people wanting to use them. Much like skateboards back in the day, people want to use them so adapt the rules and educate on expected behaviour. Everyone then wins with the clean air and reduced traffic noise, congestion, etc
Yeah, but joy riding them over Cannock Chase is different to urban use. Skateboards like these would be particularly hazardous as if you have any slight incident (potholes are everywhere) the thing will go flying. Imagine one spinning into the path of cars, a car swerving to avoid and potentially hitting pedestrians.
Scooters are fine because you have handlebars you are holding.
Heaven forbid another method of transport negatively impacts the form of transport that most negatively impacts others!
Provide somewhere for people to legitimately have fun and ensure that those used in public adhere to documented rules. The existing inertia is from the dark ages. Used correctly electric scooters are a very green, quiet and efficient form of transport. Provide the rules and enforce them is all that is needed here. There is no criticism of electric scooters that couldn't be thrown at motorbikes yet we allow them when driven correctly. E scooters should be treated the same!
The nearest that I ever came to being properly injured by a mode of transport on the Chase was when I had to fling myself off a track and take cover behind a tree, to avoid being run down by three galloping horses (carrying highly amused riders).
Apologies, I must learn to read better!I was not complaining about E scooters, I was complaining about electric skateboards, they are lethal in a urban environment, you simply are relying on gravity to keep yourself attached to them. They're too fast for pavements and too risky for roads which have drains, potholes etc..
Besides you are completely missing the point. I was complaining about them being used over Cannock Chase. A place where people go to walk their dogs, walk with their children and where there's also horses. They don't want to be mowed down by people recording action camera footage for their social media accounts.
That's not transportation, that's people doing extreme sports in an inappropriate area. By all means find somewhere for them to do it.