Please Encourage Kids to Use Electric Scooters and Bicycles

Here at People for a Population-Free Planet, we’re always on the lookout for new, innovative technologies to hasten mankind toward our goal.  Over the past year we’ve become increasingly aware of kids — sometimes very young kids — riding electric scooters and bicycles.  We could hardly have hoped for a better incremental step.

ebikes Please Encourage Kids to Use Electric Scooters and Bicycles

Let’s face it.  Most kids are pretty bad at riding ordinary bicycles.  Once, as I was preparing to cross a street, a young lady emerged from behind a large bush.  I almost hit her.  Naturally she was riding on the wrong side of the road.

InMenlo is an e-newsletter focused on the California cities of Menlo Park, Atherton, Woodside, and Portola Valley. That’s some pricey real estate.  They recently noticed a problem with e-bicycles: “The popularity of E-bikes among teens and kids raises safety concerns.”  Quoting from the article

Recently, e-bikes have sharply increased in popularity among teens, raising safety concerns. Walk by any bike rack, and you’ll surely notice an abundance of electric bikes. In an information release from Menlo Park on electric bike collisions, only two of the six reported incidents resulted from negligent automobile drivers — e-bikers caused the rest.

Around Menlo-Atherton High School’s campus, students bike in large groups on crowded streets like Santa Cruz Avenue. It is not uncommon to witness young kids weaving in and out of traffic, running through stop signs, and even riding on busy sidewalks.

Data from the Menlo Park Police Department reveals six reported accidents involving e-bikes in the past year. Of the six, only two were caused by drivers: speeding and opening car doors in traffic. The rest were caused by e-bikes disregarding traffic rules: running stop signs, biking on the wrong road, and failing to yield. Just weeks ago, an M-A [Menlo-Atherton] student slammed directly into the side of a car while riding on the wrong side of the road, leaving the cyclist with minor injuries.

My gosh.  You mean kids with zero driver training don’t know how to drive?  Who would have believed this.  The next time you hear a parent complain about unsafe conditions for their kids, ask them if the children ride these devices.  Then point them to this article. In the meantime, please discourage your government officials from regulating these devices.

 

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