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Wednesday Open Thread – April 24, 2019

Welcome to Wednesday Open Thread, where we pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest in Alexandria, Virginia.(Photo: @WOTCAAlexandria on Twitter)

Welcome to Wednesday Open Thread, where we pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest in Alexandria, Virginia.

Have something you want discussed? Hit me up at this link. You can submit items about whatever you want to talk about – just please keep it clean.

Topics can include what is going on Alexandria, Virginia, Northern Virginia, local politics, or any other local topic of interest, in the comments. An interesting question I have is, what are your thoughts on the Dockless Mobility Pilot Program in Alexandria, Virginia? In the few months since the program began, photos like this one (see above) cross my social media timeline hourly. Staff updated City Council recently on the program.

IMHO, the scooters belong on the street, not on the sidewalks. Last night, we counted 37 instances of riders riding the scooters on the sidewalks in Old Town from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM including one instance which three riders blew past a bunch of toddlers nearly running over them.

Without enforcement, how is this program good policy? That’s my 2 cents, what do you think?

Sound off on this or any other topic you choose below. Got something you want discussed? Hit me up at this link.

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@WOTCAalexandria thanks you for the photo credit! Here are notes from our recent meeting’s discussion w City officials about the scooter program: Notes from that discussion and Q&A with WOTCA residents: -the best information available on the Dockless Mobility program (inc What’s New & FAQs) is here: https://www.alexandriava.gov/tes/info/default.aspx?id=106050 -safety issues re: the use of the scooters is the responsibility of the Alexandria Police Dept -enforcement issues re: the use of the scooters is the responsibility of Alex Dept of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES) -in general, the scooters are considered bikes & not motorcycles; any mode of transportation operating on… Read more »

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