Austin: Lack of succinct motorized scooter rules could spell trouble for Scottsdale

I just read the article in the Independent about the settlement awarded to a woman who fell and fractured her wrist on a sidewalk in Scottsdale.

Emily Austin

Her $185,000 settlement is pocket change compared to the lawsuits that are going to come rolling in from the irresponsible and dangerous new ordinance allowing people to rent and ride motorized skateboards, scooters and bicycles on sidewalks in the congested area of Old Town.

Renters are not required to wear helmets either which is an accident waiting to happen! It appears Kathy Littlefield was the only councilperson who actually used her head and read the proposal voting against the ordinance after her thoughtful and thorough opinion expressed at the last City Council meeting.

The mayor and five other council people approved it which left me shaking my head in disbelief! Motorized vehicles, no helmets, sidewalks, pedestrians and bars — what could possibly go wrong? What was the city thinking?

This is an accident waiting to happen that will cost Scottsdale taxpayers millions in settlements and innocent lives will be ruined. It’s just a matter of time. You will see.

Editor’s note: Ms. Austin is a resident of Scottsdale

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