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Author Topic: E-scooter trials - but rental only. What do members think?  (Read 35267 times)
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« Reply #120 on: July 09, 2021, 07:19:31 am »

What is it with Bristolians and throwing things in docks?

Statues, bicycles.............now scooters?

Perhaps the fish should be issued with hard hats?  Wink
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« Reply #121 on: July 09, 2021, 07:48:03 am »

What is it with Bristolians and throwing things in docks?

Statues, bicycles.............now scooters?

Perhaps the fish should be issued with hard hats?  Wink

Fish? In Bristol's docks? I think you are being a tad optimistic. Don't be fooled by the anglers lined up by the outfall, they're really just gnomes.  Cheesy

Talking of throwing scooters around, soon after they were introduced here in Bath, I saw one man who was walking down a road where some were parked, and as he was passing he picked one up, raised it above his head, and then sent it crashing down onto the others. Must admit I couldn't believe it, as it was the middle of the day and plenty of people around. He then calmly continued walking past as if that was a perfectly reasonable action.
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« Reply #122 on: July 09, 2021, 08:02:02 am »

What is it with Bristolians and throwing things in docks?

Statues, bicycles.............now scooters?

Perhaps the fish should be issued with hard hats?  Wink

Fish? In Bristol's docks? I think you are being a tad optimistic. Don't be fooled by the anglers lined up by the outfall, they're really just gnomes.  Cheesy

Talking of throwing scooters around, soon after they were introduced here in Bath, I saw one man who was walking down a road where some were parked, and as he was passing he picked one up, raised it above his head, and then sent it crashing down onto the others. Must admit I couldn't believe it, as it was the middle of the day and plenty of people around. He then calmly continued walking past as if that was a perfectly reasonable action.

............possibly the first recorded example of scooter rage?
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« Reply #123 on: July 10, 2021, 11:34:57 am »

Presumably they know whom hired each scooter and therefore whom threw it into the dock rather than returning it.

They aren't physically locked to anything after use. Who last hired it and who Colstoned it could very easily be two (or more) different people.
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« Reply #124 on: July 10, 2021, 03:30:30 pm »

Presumably they know whom hired each scooter and therefore whom threw it into the dock rather than returning it.

They aren't physically locked to anything after use. Who last hired it and who Colstoned it could very easily be two (or more) different people.
In addition, an app was also needed to hire the Yo bikes. They knew exactly who had last hired it, but not who threw it in the harbour. As TonyK says, it's a known hazard not just in Bristol that when things of this sort are not docked, they get docked.
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« Reply #125 on: July 10, 2021, 07:16:35 pm »

I've not been lurking round the docks recently enough to verify this but could it be that the E-scooter docking nodes are deliberately located a sufficient distance away from deep water in order to avoid being easily thrown in?
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« Reply #126 on: July 18, 2021, 04:58:27 pm »

E-scooter robbery in Bracknell

And apparently in a busy location.

(The value of some bicycles must make them a temptation to "highway robbers" who can identify an up-market model.)
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« Reply #127 on: July 18, 2021, 08:09:19 pm »

The risk of theft is in my view a major factor that discourages cycling and use of E-cycles.
When living in London I observed many probably stolen cycles being sold in the vicinity of the Brick lane Sunday market.
Sometimes the original owner of the cycle turned up and demanded it back. Their success depended on how many friends they had with them, and on what level of violence was used.
I never saw a policeman in the vicinity.

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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #128 on: July 18, 2021, 09:06:04 pm »

These things tend to go in waves. "Highway robbery" of bikes, and not necessarily high-end ones, does happen from time to time – in fact a friend of mine was a victim of it a few years ago (but recovered his bike through social media) – but it's certainly not a permanent worry. You might remember "carjacking" being a thing back in the 1990s.
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« Reply #129 on: July 19, 2021, 03:48:52 pm »

Now a theft in Reading
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« Reply #130 on: July 19, 2021, 07:03:21 pm »

The worst yet, appearing in the Evening Standard via MSN:

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E-scooter boy, 16, ‘killed by driver on wrong side of road’ in Bromley
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A teenage e-scooter rider was killed after being hit by a car travelling on the wrong side of the road at high speed, witnesses claimed on Monday.

The 16-year-old was thrown 30 yards down the street after the collision in Southborough Lane, Bromley, south London, at 1.20am on Sunday,

An off duty nurse tried to save his life but he died later in hospital. His e-scooter was stolen from the scene.
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It is awful for the poor lad's family and friends. It also shows the lows that people will stoop to, when someone will stop to steal the dying boy's scooter. I read elsewhere that the driver of the car that hit him has apparently been arrested, and blew a positive alcohol test. The vehicle that stopped to take the scooter, which does not seem to be otherwise related to the incident, is being sought.
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« Reply #131 on: July 20, 2021, 07:06:27 am »

Blind and visually impaired groups calling for trials to be stopped.

https://news.sky.com/story/e-scooters-campaigners-for-blind-and-visually-impaired-groups-demand-an-end-to-city-trials-12359475
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« Reply #132 on: July 20, 2021, 09:34:46 pm »

Another awful incident......."life changing" often means amputation. Wonder how long the trial will continue?


https://amp.lbc.co.uk/news/girl-3-life-changing-injuries-hit-e-scooter-south-london-lambeth/?__twitter_impression=true


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« Reply #133 on: July 21, 2021, 05:33:28 pm »

No indication that this was a rental scooter. Just as likely to have been an illegally ridden private one. My sympathies go to the girl and her family.
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« Reply #134 on: August 29, 2021, 09:44:25 pm »

Hired E-scooters are about to become available in Minehead. One hopes that the standard of scooter riding will exceed the standard of car driving, which seems very low in Minehead.
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A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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