Saturday, September 07, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! RIDEKC SCOOTER RIPOFF?!?! INSIDER: WORKING POOR CAN'T AFFORD KANSAS CITY TAXPAYER SUBSIDIZED NEW TECH TRANSIT OPTION!!!
Can't take credit for this BRILLIANT analysis from a Kansas City insider on the topic electric scooter options in Kansas City.
Fact check that every reporting in KC covering transit missed:
"These RideKC Bike folks have no shame. Their business model isn't self-sustaining so they lobby City Hall to gain a competitive advantage. They make hollow promises like “scooters on the East side,” but never actually make the program affordable. You can ride a Bird or Spin for less than $2 to start, no scooter deposit needed. You can't go 10 feet on a RideKC scooter without putting down a $150 deposit, which then takes 7-10 days for your bank to release. If a poor person actually rode a RideKC scooter to and from work, they would need to float $1,500 in deposit authorizations per week. Poor people don't have $1,500 in the bank for deposits. City Hall is going to run Bird/Spin out of town. We will be left with RideKC's terrible app/policies, and they'll either go under or start demanding hundreds of thousands in tax revenue a year."
Don't doubt that last line as KC recently banned the deployment of scooters on The Plaza and quizzically keeps pouring money into the RideKC effort.
Developing . . .