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Man dies after scooter crash in downtown San Diego
A man who crashed a scooter into a tree in downtown San Diego has died, marking yet another fatality since dockless vehicles arrived in the United States.
NBC 7 San Diego reports that Christopher Conti, 53, from Woodstock, GA was knocked unconscious after crashing into a tree while riding a Bird scooter on Wednesday, March 13. Conti died from his injuries later that week. He was not wearing a helmet.
Atlanta man sues Bird after injury from faulty brakes
Bird is the subject of a lawsuit from an Atlanta man, who says that the company caused him injuries by renting out scooters with faulty brakes.
In the lawsuit filed in Fulton County, GA, Simon Clopton alleges he was thrown from a scooter and broke a leg and an arm when it abruptly stopped. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the accident happened in January.
Austin, TX had 400,000+ scooter rides during SXSW, city data shows
Austin, TX says that more than 400,000 rides were taken on the dockless scooters inside city limits during South by Southwest (SXSW).
The city released data that almost 434,000 scooter rides were taken during the 10-day festival, far ahead of the 32,000 rides taken on dockless bikes. The scooter rides in that 10-day period account for 12.3% of total journeys in the city since they arrived in April.
According to the data, rides lasted a median distance of 0.65 miles, and lasted a median time of 7.8 minutes.
Dockless drop zones added in downtown Los Angeles
As Los Angeles’ one-year dockless pilot program got underway, crews from the Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT) were already hard at work identifying drop zones for dockless bikes and scooters.
Los Angeles Downtown News reports that crews began installing the drop zones in at least 15 parts of downtown. The zones are not mandatory; if a rider finishes a trip on a dockless bike or scooter but is not near one, they must leave their vehicle somewhere it does not block the public right-of-way.
West Hollywood, CA agrees to test bikes, not scooters
The West Hollywood, CA City Council voted to allow an 18-month test of dockless bikes but rejected a similar plan to test dockless scooters.
WeHoVille reports that the dockless bikes will replace the city’s WeHo Pedals program. Under the dockless program, rules state that riders must return the bikes to a docking station of some kind, lock them to a bike rack or leave it on private property with the owner’s approval.
Colorado law would reclassify electric scooters
Another state is set to consider a new law regulating dockless scooters, with a new bill to come before Colorado legislators.
The Colorado Sun reports that legislation from state Rep. Alex Valdez would classify scooters the same as electric bikes and so be allowed in bike lanes. Currently under state law, they are regarded as toy vehicles so are only allowed on sidewalks.
Kristin Musulin, Chris Teale and Sean Gibbons contributed to this article.