Scooter blight

A herd of dockless scooters clutter a sidewalk in downtown Austin on Monday, April 1.

If anyone wants to see the disaster dockless scooter and bike programs might look like on the streets of Galveston need only to walk the streets Austin.

Maybe step over, around, or across the colorful units is a better term than “walk” in this case.

Leonard Woolsey: 409-683-5207;

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(6) comments

Don Schlessinger

Leonard, I second your suggestion for folks to see first hand the mess these scooters cause. The photo attached to your comments was not accurate though, too many of the scooters were standing. My experience this past weekend on the Drag was 3 out of 5 were laying in the sidewalk slowing pedestrians progress. Allowing scooters on the streets of Galveston will be a big mistake. Of course the "tip of the spear" here is tourism and money so my guess is that we who live here will be damned and scooters will be scattered everywhere before the end of the summer.

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Leonard Woolsey

Don, you are correct about the photo not literally matching the text - but I can assure you that was my experience earlier this week. I remember stepping across a read bike laying on the sidewalk as well. Thank you for your comment and for reading The Daily News.

Joel Martin

San Antonio is just as bad.

William McLain

Actually, "...anyone [who] wants to see the disaster [of] dockless scooter and bike programs...need only to walk the streets [of] Austin...[,]" or the sidewalks of downtown Dallas, or the sidewalks of downtown San Antonio, or probably the sidewalks of anywhere else that has chosen to permit those things to operate in "...dockless…" fashion. Kudos to the Galveston City Council for having the wisdom to keep those things out of our city, and off of our sidewalks and streets.

By the way, the last time that I drove in Austin, I was quite worried that someone was going to get run over down there on South Congress as they zipped all in and out of vehicle traffic on those bikes and scooters.

Wayne Holt

There sometimes can be a rush to stay competitive as a tourist destination and adopt products or processes that simply are not sound for a specific location. Dockless scooters may have achieved some type of infamy by appearing to be inappropriate everywhere but leaned up against the Mars Rover.

It's already hard enough to dodge skateboarders who use the roadways like they are DOT certified. Let's continue to do the right thing and keep these scooters off the streets, sidewalks and wherever else there is a patch of free space to drop these examples of motorized graffiti.

Jack Reeves

No, No and No! I was in San Antonio during Christmas and saw people abandon their scooters on sidewalks, up against legally parked cars and, I almost ran over 2 scooters that had been left in a turning lane, after dark, on South Roosevelt Avenue.
Dodging irresponsible golf cart drivers is bad enough. Please say it anin't so.....

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