In the first week of October, the King County Council gave its nod to a pilot system that will bring about e-scooters to North Highline. The one year program is set to begin in November. The thought process behind it according to the Council member and sponsor Joe McDermott was “more mobility.”
These stand up, electric run vehicles are subject to a mixed response in cities throughout the nation and invite questions that in some cases are unable to get complete answers.
At the September 17 conference of the Council’s Mobility and Environment Committee 25 year White Center resident, Cindi Falkey decided to speak on the concerns and other talking points.
She was worried about basic sidewalk functionality in the surrounding since she opined the scooters will mostly be used on sidewalks (and the King County Sheriff noted there is nothing from the legal side banning this). She observed that while a roundabout is being set up at 102nd and 8th Ave SW there are no side paths as part of the project.
She noted that “there is overcrowding already of the regular scooters” being thrown when damaged and said, “the area by the White Center Pond is one of the biggest garbage disposal areas.”
She has also talked about her concern about the people not wearing helmets in the area even though the King County Sheriff’s office says, “The state law says that you don’t need helmets for scooters” but are mandatory for bike riders.
Note: These scooters have a top speed of 15 mph and can be run on the road, which means you will be able to get a glimpse of them on Ambaum Boulevard SW where the top speed is 35 mph, 1st Ave South, also 35 mph, 4th Ave SW and others.
More updates on this will be available soon.