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    I filled out the questionnaire. Thanks Junebug.
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    In other news in today's Austin American Statesman, Woman injured after scooter crashes on Capitol grounds. She was taken to Dell Seton Medical Center where her injuries were deemed "serious but not life threatening". She ran into something solid around 5 pm.

    The "injuries were not life threatening" phrase in news reports always intrigues me. It covers way too much territory without giving any real information.
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    Man...the devil was trying to get in my bidness on Tues when I rode my SS to town to meet a court appointed defense attorney chick (not for me, so bite me!) for a first date walk around the LBL when I spotted several of those scooters & a few bikes on the edge of the trail near the lake when that little dude in the red suit & pitch fork on my left shoulder was screaming “chunk those MFERS in Lake! DO IT! DO IT! Or you don’t have a hair on your nuts, BIOTCH!” Luckily for that lil fugger I manscape..not offended...super glide...

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    I don't spend much time in Austin, and honestly, there was a side of me that was thinking, "how bad can these scooters be? I mean, they look like slightly overgrown Razor scooters, is it really such a bad thing that the occasional rider takes one on the Town Lake trail?"...

    Monday evening we took the kids to watch the bats exit the Congress bridge and visit the "Forever Bicycles" installation. I was blown away by the scooter traffic, and the idiots that ride them... and where they rode them. They are fast, unstable, and we were constantly dodging these things... they rode in traffic lanes, on sidewalks and the H/B path... people were arguing over them; there was a woman watching the bats next to us, and was holding "hers" while she watched, and some guy tried to come up and take it... not sure who was in the wrong, as I'm not familiar with the rental logistics, but I had to distract the kids from the immaturity that ensued. Some people were even riding them 2-up... When we walked to the "Forever Bicycles" sculpture, I'd say at least 50% of the traffic on the path was scooters, which made it difficult with kids; I was constantly watching behind us, and actually reached a point where I was about to start clothes-lining some of these morons (thinking about going back without the family to make a game of this). Not only were we dodging moving scooters, they also littered the city... They were parked in the worst places; often randomly in the middle of sidewalks, and we came to one intersection where 3 blocked the crosswalks.

    Kill them with fire...
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    I wish there was an EMP that could specifically target those scooters. Somebody here in town has to be working on a way to hack in to them and remotely disable them.
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    Saw this one yesterday. made me laugh actually

    https://www.mystatesman.com/news/loc...T9YLHOAmwzFYO/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Saw this one yesterday. made me laugh actually

    https://www.mystatesman.com/news/loc...T9YLHOAmwzFYO/
    “And I got out of my car and was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘Dude, man, I’m sorry,’ and he just kept going.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cafeend View Post
    Saw this one yesterday. made me laugh actually

    https://www.mystatesman.com/news/loc...T9YLHOAmwzFYO/
    My wife showed that to me after our experience above... I would have left the car, chased him down and tackled him.

    I might start a gang, something like "Bird Busters", where a group of us just walk the sidewalks and trails "accidentally" knocking these idiots down... in a Monty Python "Hell's Grannies" sort of idiom...
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    Quote Originally Posted by yosmithy View Post
    “And I got out of my car and was like, ‘What?’ And he was like, ‘Dude, man, I’m sorry,’ and he just kept going.”
    What
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    What
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    Come at me bro!

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    Oooohh... poop... that's a good idea and will put all that abandoned dog poo along the trails to good use.
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    Town Lake...hmmm...wonder how well they float? Seems like a good experiment for the kids since school is back in session for Austin on Monday. As we all know, the larger the sample size, the smaller the error, so it would be a good idea to get as large a sample size as possible.

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    the other side of the coin is that most of the people that I see on them are smiling from ear to ear..

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    bump

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    They are ALL OVER TAHOE and annoying AF. I can't say it doesnt look like fun though but damn there are hundreds of them all over the side walks, side streets and even into main traffic. It's a total and complete cluster fuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Toninator View Post
    They are ALL OVER TAHOE and annoying AF. I can't say it doesnt look like fun though but damn there are hundreds of them all over the side walks, side streets and even into main traffic. It's a total and complete cluster fuck.
    There was a big pile on the shore of secret beach yesterday and a few laying in the river. They gotta be having a hard time tracking those things.

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    I was riding Walnut a few days ago and crossed paths with a group of 9 riders, twice. They were all courteous and riding responsibly. One guy in the group was on an ebike (a high end, pedal assisted full suspension.)

    It didn't bother me one bit that he was getting assistance from a tiny motor.

    Sometimes I strap my mtb to the back of my converted 90s stumpjumper ebike (it's more of a moped with 2kw and a throttle) to get to the trail if my wife is using the car. I personally have no interest in motor assistance on recreational trails. That's were I go for a workout. But there are some sections of Butler trail that bike commuters (including ebike users) must ride to avoid dangerous roads like Pleasant Valley and E Riverside.

    I'm just putting it out there that a lot of responsible ebike users rely on bike infrastructure for getting around. Many don't own a car.

    There is currently a pilot program allowing ebikes on the Butler and paved bike trails. The scooters are allowed only on the paved trails. Natural trails like the GB and Walnut are human power only.

    As for Strava times - there is no way to know if a rider was using an ebike. You've got to be quite the loser to intentionally compete against unassisted riders with an ebike.
    Also, a lot of Strava times have poor data and show some wacky numbers. The point is that many KOMs are not even real. Some people forget to turn it off and drive. Sometimes the data just sucks and joe-blow crushes the top riders.

    With that said, I'm aiming for inner and outer log loops! With those new berms, we should be going faster.

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    Looks kinda like a Honda Ruckus.

    https://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/b.../?utm_source=r

    Bird has just unveiled a chunky-looking electric bike that it plans to launch alongside its scootersharing service.

    The Santa Monica, California-based company said it will introduce the Bird Cruiser this summer in select markets before making a decision on whether to roll it out more widely.

    The two-wheeler features 20-inch wheels and is powered by a 52-volt battery, though Bird is yet to reveal its top speed and how far it can travel on a single charge.

    The moped-like machine also includes full suspension and a long, cushioned seat ensuring a comfy ride for up to two people, as well as a digital display showing ride information.

    Photos of the Cruiser show the bike with foot pegs, giving it the appearance of an electric moped, though there’s also a version with pedals so you can put your legs to work on flat terrain, preserving battery power in the process. A Bird spokesperson told Digital Trends it will “offer the best option for each particular market” when it launches the vehicle in the coming months.

    The Cruiser’s beefy look is partly to help it withstand the challenging demands of daily life in a bikesharing scheme – think inclement weather, rough riders, and vandals.

    “Designed and engineered in California, Bird Cruiser is an inclusive electric-powered option that is approachable, easy-to-ride, and comfortable on rough roads,” Travis VanderZanden, founder and CEO of Bird, said in a release this week.

    Searching for new revenue streams, Bird recently began sales of a new stand-up scooter that it’s also adding to its shared fleet. It’s not clear if it also plans to sell the Cruiser.

    App-based services using shared two-wheelers have mushroomed in the last couple of years, growth that has brought with it its own set of problems. The dockless schemes, for example, can lead to sidewalks becoming clogged up with rentable bikes and scooters, and there have been plenty of accidents – some fatal – involving riders and sometimes innocent bystanders, too.

    Local lawmakers were slow to grasp the fast-growing popularity of the services, though this has changed recently with the introduction of regulations that limit the number of services and available vehicles. Meanwhile, some providers have launched programs to encourage greater responsibility among riders.


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    looks pretty cool..may have to ride one..I've changed my thinking on them, it's a great way to get a chick to ride & keep up w ya...

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