Our least favorite local suburb is adding a tech feature that likely threatens local drivers.
On the bright side . . . This fad seems to have passed and getting around the suburbs without a car is nearly impossible . . . So-called "last mile" transit solutions only met with popularity from youngsters and didn't really improve live for anybody who wanted to do something beyond acting like a poseur with faux friends.
The low power scooters won't make up the difference . . . Take a peek:
"The scooters must be driven on the right side of the street, and in a bike lane whenever possible. The proposed pilot program is slated to end on November 30. Under the agreement, the city would receive $0.15 per ride from Bird.
"The council will also review a proposed addition to the Olathe Traffic Ordinance requiring any e-bike, e-scooter or other micro mobility company to get permission from the city before launching its vehicles in the city limits.
"The proposal would prohibit residents from riding e-scooters on highways and on city streets with a posted speed limit greater than 35 mph. The change would also cap the speed of e-bikes at 20 mph and e-scooters at 17 mph."
Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com link . . .
OLATHE, Kan. -A new fleet of e-scooters could be landing in Olathe later this summer. Next month, the Olathe City Council will consider entering into a pilot agreement with Bird Rides, Inc . to launch a fleet of e-scooters throughout the city. If approved, Bird would release 50 e-scooters throughout the city starting in June.