West Hollywood resident Stephanie Harker is fed up with scooters and delivery robots in the City of West Hollywood. She sent an open letter to Mayor Sepi Shyne and several community members over the weekend asking that the city “Please, please, please…put the safety of residents FIRST and novelty businesses and unfettered, unenforced, illegal motorized vehicles off our streets and sidewalks…”
The email includes photos of delivery robots parked on busy sidewalks, videos of the robots blocking walkways and forcing pedestrians out of the way and a video where a pedestrian is run down by a moving scooter on Santa Monica Boulevard. The scooter did not stop for the red light. “This caused the victim broken bones, two surgeries and going on two years of pain…so far,” she writes. “Plus, no insurance covered the victim. The young person on this says it right… ‘You’re in our way!'”
The open letter is below:
Dear Mayor Shyne, et al.,
BAN SCOOTERS AND ROBOTS FROM OUR CITY
The delivery robots impede the public right-of-way, are hazardous to pedestrians, (particularly for disabled residents) and are a general nuisance for all. I have even witnessed one stalling out in a lane of traffic on Fountain Ave. Add this to the unmonitored, unenforced scooters on the sidewalks, and you are allowing accidents to occur and waiting for more to happen.
I am baffled by billion dollar companies riding roughshod over West Hollywood and dictating what happens in our city and NO ONE taking any responsibility for, or being accountable for, the problems.
— WEHO TIMES (@WEHO_TIMES) September 18, 2023
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The operators seem to be allowed to “store” the robots on sidewalks.
Please, please, please…put the safety of residents FIRST and novelty businesses and unfettered, unenforced, illegal motorized vehicles off our streets and sidewalks. We don’t allow bicycles on our sidewalks, WHY, oh WHY are the scooter riders allowed and NOT held responsible?
Resident West Hollywood