Rogers: As tourism season sets in, the blight of Scottsdale is apparent

What a blight on Scottsdale.

I remember last March picking up friends at Lon’s Hermosa Inn and taking them to Old Town for dinner, to and from, both husband and wife questioned us on what all these bikes were on the side of the road, whether side streets, neighborhoods or Camelback, the answer to which I had none!

Randy Rogers

Getting my pre-Christmas haircut at Scottsdale and Shea, took me out of my little world north of Bell/FLW, and wham, from the Q, south whether the Phoenix side or Scottsdale side, blight in green and yellow, both bikes and scooters, at corners blocking sidewalks, bus stops, bike racks, intersection islands.

Not for nothing, but the agreed on rules are for the business owner, there are none as to where these instruments are left by the user, if so there be!

As fall turned to winter, the Princess communities, park and TPC all began to be littered with these green scooters and yellow or green bicycles from the 101 and Bell, to the park and even TPC landscaped area. This week, further in on Princess a private street between Hayden and Scottsdale, scooters began appearing and thanks to the mayor and council users can be on sidewalks taking space from pedestrians despite bike paths.

The mayor and council’s move to erode property values, with what is a public nuisance and now with Barrett-Jackson and the Phoenix Open, fences have gone up to enclose parking, placing less space available for pedestrians, which can and will cause liability issues for the city and its residents, as speeds on Hayden southbound from Thompson Peak though posted at 40-45 are routinely 60 MPH-plus by most driving through are area.

Auto accidents have become commonplace at Thompson Peak and Hayden, as well as Hayden and Princess, with westbound drivers ignoring the curbing and mandatory right or left turns only, no straight traffic into Princess communities.

During the WMPO, traffic is restricted on Princess between Hayden and Scottsdale, and with all the drinking between the TPC and Birds Nest, this is a major accident waiting to happen, which also means these bikes and scooters will be littered throughout our community, by those who should not be operating any means of transport!

As a previous writer (Emily Austin) pointed out, Scottsdale already paid out $185,000 to one who fell off her bike and broke her wrist, where and when will this stop?

A concerned citizen and taxpayer since 1991.

Editor’s note: Randy Rogers is a resident of Scottsdale.

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