Sunday, August 02, 2020

Here We Go Again

  • Bird, Lime and Spin will take part in a second pilot program starting Aug. 12 in an effort to settle once and for all if scooters should be allowed on Chicago’s streets.

    The three firms will scatter 10,000 scooters across much of the city — four times as many allowed during the summer of 2019 — but the scooters will not be allowed downtown or along the Lakefront or 606 trails, according to the city’s rules.

    Scooters are limited to 15 mph, cannot be ridden on sidewalks, and may only be operated from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week. Unlike the rules in place during the first pilot program, all of the scooters must be locked to a fixed object at the end of a trip, such as bike racks and corrals and street signs.

    After the first test run, aldermen repeatedly complained to city officials about riders dropping the scooters in the middle of sidewalks when their rides ended, causing a hazard. The nine companies that participated in the first pilot program were invited to apply to participate in the second test run, officials said. Four applied, officials said.
So over half declined to participate in Round Two. Why is that?

Does anyone recall seeing exactly how much "revenue" was generated by scooters? Or how big the losses were suffered by scooter companies in terms of property? We don't think they lost that much because City Hall probably promised to cover at least some of the property loss (remember the pictures of scooters in trees or tossed in the river?)

How about injuries and deaths? We recall at least one fatality, numerous concussions and a few dozen lawsuits.

We don't recall if there were any drive-by scooter-by shootings though.

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55 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Has anyone driven downtown lately? Bird, Lime, and Spin, are driving all over on Divvy bikes just looking for a victim. It’s up for grabs down there.

8/02/2020 12:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10,000 scooters = criminals becoming more mobile.

8/02/2020 12:14:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Scooters are operating on a failed business model.

8/02/2020 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Groot just narrow down a few streets to a one lane and let people ride a scooter. What is the cost— 1 million bucks per mile to pain a lane

8/02/2020 12:19:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous, disposable, quick, ubiquitous transportation for mayhem and funnin'.

8/02/2020 12:20:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kim Foxx’s husband, Kelley Foxx, conveniently became a public policy administrator overnight for Bird during pilot program. Before that almost all insurance experience & since I’ve looked at his resume before, he seems to have padded it recently on LinkedIn. Conveniently now, he took a job with Instacart, a delivery service, right about when the pandemic was keeping us inside.

8/02/2020 12:30:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yea, I'd have a business that allows these urban predators access to my equipment and not expect to suffer a loss. You know it's true!

8/02/2020 12:50:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will not be driven on sidewalks. What fucking alternative universe do these assholes live in? Just as a vacant lot grows disabled vehicles and all sorts of garbage, these scooters will be sprouting throughout the hood with even greater frequency.

8/02/2020 01:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wasn't there already a robbery or carjack....was it involving these or a crowd that arrived on Divvy bikes, dumped the bikes, and stole the car?

People ARE going to get knocked down on the sidewalk here. That can be a death sentence for seniors.

Wonderful...

8/02/2020 01:12:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Never mind scooters. There are too many PEOPLE around who need to be "locked to a fixed object."

8/02/2020 01:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The area in which scooters will be deployed is larger than last year’s limit to the West Side priority areas (chosen primarily because of the diminished access to Divvy bikes there compared to the rest of the city)."

...and why the "diminished access?"

Does that mean a lot of them were stolen or wrecked?

Oops.

>shhhh<

8/02/2020 01:28:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Train wreck, looking forward to it🤙🏼

8/02/2020 02:04:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will they be cleaned after each use? COVID-19 you know!

8/02/2020 02:16:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some politician(s) are having to supplement their income due to the “Rona”. Times are tough and they have to settle for back alley payoffs from scooter and bike share companies. It’s the Chicago way.

8/02/2020 02:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why?

I just do not understand the entire business idea.

How many hours does the scooter need to be leased just to pay for the scooter?
How many hours to pay for the service and support staff?

8/02/2020 02:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How much is the scooter company kicking back to the machine?

8/02/2020 03:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We don't recall if there were any drive-by scooter-by shootings though."

One incidence where scooter was bashed on another head.

8/02/2020 04:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

More corruption and obvious lack of caring about the taxpayers of Chicago on plain view for all of us to see. WAKE UP CITIZENS of Chicago The Democrats have to GO NOW

8/02/2020 05:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was in Oakland a couple of years ago. Scooters were littering the place like trash outside a westside quickie mart.
Scooters in the middle of sidewalks.
Scooters up against buildings.
Scooters hanging from trees.
All over the place. Filth, real filth.

8/02/2020 06:15:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They now have housing, transportation and communication all provided by the government. They also have diplomatic immunity provided by Crimesha. These are the soldiers the 3rd Amendment anticipated. "No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law."
The founders could not have predicted cell phones or link cards, but they did recognize the dangers of being coerced into co existing with paramilitary occupational forces. We are housing and also feeding and transporting and defending an inferior occupational force that has declared themselves an enemy of the people. When you consider that the left "projects" their crimes onto us, they also project the remedy. DEFUND THESE MUTTS! Trump has taken the first step by halting Obama's penetration of the suburbs by declaring public housing as the expansion of crime and ending the effort to include public housing in the suburbs. It's a good first step. All is not lost. There are good people in these hell holes, it's time to turn them and include them in the process. We now need to identify abusers of section 8 and EVICT THEM.

8/02/2020 06:21:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

At least they are honest. They say the scooters will be "scattered" throughout the city!
I'm sure a certain "under served" group will be obeying all the rules...bwa ha ha

8/02/2020 07:29:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bird, Lime and Spin
A new law firm for the dispensary industry?

8/02/2020 07:40:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Didn't the city just approve electric Divvy/Lyft bikes too!
How many people are going to be creamed on these things?
Talk about forcing traffic congestion.

8/02/2020 07:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just don't get it. Do these companies know that there will be no penalty for destroying their property? Do they actually believe in "the inherent good of man"?

8/02/2020 07:51:00 AM  
Blogger The Keesing Bandit said...

I have been locked to a fixed object before.

It was delightful.

Now, kees me you fool!!!!

8/02/2020 07:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's incredibly dumb to think all these people will ride them on the street and none on sidewalks.

8/02/2020 08:39:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They must be getting the Scooters from New York city where they just Banned them because of to many fatal accidents. Yes, even N.Y. banned them so Shitcago buys them so we can have our own numerous fatalities most likely in the Community. Things never change. Follow the money.

8/02/2020 08:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why didnt mayor murderer and pumpkin head prikster postpone this corrupt private money machine scooter corona virus spreading idiotic deal until after phase 4 of the scamdemic? We The Tax Paying People need to see how much money is spent on all these bikes and scooters and what the return is. Itemized and detailed repair and replacement costs for them should be Public knowledge so We are allowed to see who is getting rich and how rich they are getting.

8/02/2020 08:58:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Uh, ya think this God-forsaken city has more important things to work on? Ya think?

-No Cop Here

8/02/2020 09:03:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hope they're not too heavy. Gonna be throwing any I find near my house in the nearest bracken-box.

8/02/2020 10:02:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

10,000 scooters get the OK to go outside when downtown is mostly shut down?
Water taxis were banned from the river because of the flu.
Scooters somehow offering more public health safety?
Why is everyone else under some sort of freedom limits?
As if Divvy’s weren’t enough, there’s the whole feral pack hijackers thing.

Larri is doing a Rahm, she approved the agreement with certain conditions that will be a benefit for her dismal campaign war chest.
Like the Segways and these fad scooter companies will exist of a years or two, get all sorts of Going Green grants, sell off and go under stiffing the investors and creditors.

They claim 34% folks use scooters to get to public transportation, the dwindling bus ridership or the deadly subways and platforms of CTA?
With very few businesses at full capacity due to the flu lockdowns and impending second coming, WHO’S taking the CTA and what coffee shop employees are working that can afford a scooter loaner?

Stinks like political Pay and Play.

8/02/2020 10:05:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous Anonymous said...
Kim Foxx’s husband, Kelley Foxx, conveniently became a public policy administrator overnight for Bird during pilot program. Before that almost all insurance experience & since I’ve looked at his resume before, he seems to have padded it recently on LinkedIn. Conveniently now, he took a job with Instacart, a delivery service, right about when the pandemic was keeping us inside.

8/02/2020 12:30:00 AM


Wow she foumd someone equally corrupt to marry her. She's vile . I guess any port in a storm? If they reproduce, I hope the kids turn out republican. Both are so scary.

8/02/2020 10:09:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

They’ll have new paint jobs and be hanging from the trees in the first hour.

8/02/2020 10:11:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

they need to let them start it. will be fun to see how fast they close it. if there dumb enough to let the criminals have free reign on those scooters, then so be it.

8/02/2020 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any project in Chicago, right now--other than strict law enforcement--is a bad idea.

8/02/2020 10:32:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sure that the good people of the inner city will abide by all of the rental rules as dictated by the mayor. Maybe the Divy bike gangs will want to upgrade

8/02/2020 12:06:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pushing the baby in a stroller one afternoon and an adult male is on a scooter on the sidewalk going full throttle, almost ran us over. No Way.

8/02/2020 12:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To whom do we complain?

8/02/2020 12:41:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

These days, people ride anything they want on the sidewalks. Speed bikes and motorized bikes. Scooters will be next. Go ahead- call the police. They are right back at it when the cops are gone. Pedestrians are always in danger. All is lost in this country.

8/02/2020 02:26:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too late. I went out for a lakefront bike ride this morning, and there were at least 5 of them on the path, this morning alone. They were moving faster and slower than the bikes, and faster than the foot traffic. None of the morons had a helmet on.

8/02/2020 02:32:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/8/2/21348711/chicago-parking-meters-75-year-lease

Richie daley's parking meter giveaway...investors already back their $1.6 Billion dollar Chicago parking meter investment .. with 64 years still to go, before lease expires

Chicago Broke ?

8/02/2020 03:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone brought up Covid 19. This is just one more example of the Covid scam. You can’t use your reusable grocery bags (the ones meant to save the planet), because they are an alleged Covid risk, but you can ride around on a bike or scooter shared by God knows how many people. I live next to a Divvy station. I’ve not seen Divvy personnel out here in over a month & when I did see them, no one was sanitizing anything. Scamdemic indeed.

8/02/2020 04:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Weren’t the jihadists stealing them like crazy? Tearing them from those secure spots?

8/02/2020 06:22:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When Divvy came through here, it was two carpetbaggers, Alison Cohen/Gabe Kaplan, who seemed to go from town to town. One wiggled onto "City Transit Planning" board, five minutes later other one arrives with "solutions."

8/02/2020 06:37:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why so late in the Summer? Are they equipped with snow tires? What could go wrong now that the rules have been published. That stationary fixed object will be some room temp bodies I predict.

8/02/2020 06:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But the lakefront is closed, how.......?

8/02/2020 06:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe it will cut down on carjackings. Maybe Chicago can have the nations first scooter protest march. All 10,000 on Mag Mile. Scooter Lives Matter.

8/02/2020 06:57:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The two fold son's of hell have all kinds of financial scams and debauchery of our society in store, this is just another example.

8/02/2020 07:00:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shaq and other celebs doing undercover driver videos
for Lyft. Big company. Big advertising budget.
Shaq don't work for free, ya'll.

8/02/2020 07:56:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Allegedly Covid-19 is still a concern, so much so we have 22/23 states listed on our self-quarantine list. Yet, we are good to go on a shared ride scooter? What a load of b.s. Who’s getting fat off this? Lime just announced in June it was pulling out of 12 cities for failure to turn any worthwhile profit. Yet, only in Chicago, going broker by the hour, can we promise money.

8/02/2020 08:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"So over half declined to participate in Round Two. Why is that?
"
Bankruptcy

8/03/2020 01:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Any update on the 82 year old male carjacked last weekend by that group of Divvy thieves? That story disappeared from the ‘news...’

8/03/2020 02:14:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

‘Mayor’ Lightfoot will blame all future homicides on scooters-not the Black Male Shooters...

8/03/2020 02:16:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trial period will last thru the November elections to provide for a handy object to throw thru store windows & launch at officers in the “peaceful protests” to follow- should Trump win (provided the fraudulent mail in ballots aren’t successful in electing Biden).

8/03/2020 04:11:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess if you have to unload all the scooters from your unsuccessful shared scooter venture, Chicago is the place to do it. They’ll end up stolen & sold for scrap in record time.

8/03/2020 04:17:00 PM  

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