http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-m ... story.html
This part of the article struck me as particularly odd:
Galedary grew up on the Westside and said he hates how kids there are paying to ride scooters instead of honoring the local traditions of surfing and skateboarding. He hates the traffic accidents they cause — “Bird on Bird,” “Bird on person” and “Bird on car”— and he hates how they can be left anywhere for pedestrians to trip over.
“The city is already losing so much culture due to gentrification,” Galedary said.
That guy quoted there admits earlier in the article to destruction of property and vandalism of said scooters.
Reading further it seems to me that the main problem is teens and other miscreants ruining a good thing for everyone else. But I don't see how the scooter changes those people's behaviors. If not a scooter it would just be a skateboard or some other form of transport right?
I wonder if the problem with scooters being left on the ground and not locked back in one of their various lockup points is due to their pay model. Maybe you don't have to pay the mileage fee if you don't lock it back up? Or maybe they simply die after use and the person just leaves it there rather than lug it around?
Oh and that Galedary guy I mentioned earlier? Yeah he's kind of a hypocrite:
“As much as I hate them,” he said, “I can’t put bad energy into the world. I don’t even kick them over anymore.”
But Galedary hasn’t exactly quit his Bird high jinks cold-turkey. He recently placed a scooter in the middle of Abbot Kinney Boulevard, triggering an immediate snarl of honking cars.
He said he wanted people to associate Bird scooters with the quintessential symbol of Los Angeles discontent: a traffic jam.