While West Hollywood residents who oppose electric scooters and bikes are expecting to voice their objections in an upcoming citywide poll promised by the mayor, City Hall is already maneuvering to make the dockless micromobility program permanent.
A proposal headed to City Council next week earmarks $160,000 to hire the Toole Design Group to “research multiple dimensions for a successful permanent (dockless micromobility) program, conduct community outreach, and develop recommendations and permitting requirements for the program.”
Also on City Council’s agenda next week is an item that budgets $75,000 for a consultant to study the city’s “disability access.” According to the staff report, the disability study will “comprehensively look at access and inclusion and provide recommendations on how to help any barriers that may exist,” while the consultant will “provide recommendations as it relates to best practices and policies to improve accessibility at City facilities, meetings and events, infrastructure and building design options, and platforms to increase inclusion and engagement with the disabilities community.” The item was authored by Mayor Sepi Shyne and Councilmember Chelsea Byers.
Both proposals come on the heels of a row between Shyne and former Disabilities Advisory Boardmember Myra Mikie Friedman over the dangers posed to disabled people by the city’s dockless mobility pilot program, which permits e-scooters on WeHo’s streets.
Friedman recently resigned from the board after a heated e-mail exchange between her and the mayor. Shyne later met with Friedman one-on-one and apparently agreed to her request that a citywide poll be conducted to gauge residents’ desire to keep or do away with the scooter program. Shyne referenced the conversation at the most recent City Council meeting.
“As a response to Mikie Friedman and her requests for us to have a poll of this scooter program, I did reach out to staff and was told that we actually are going to be doing a poll before making any decisions on making the pilot program permanent, so if staff can or the city manager at our next meeting can provide that update on the record of timing and who is doing the poll and such that would be great,” Shyne said.
The dockless micro-mobility pilot program was launched on July 1, 2021, and currently has three operators providing 300 devices, including e-scooters and e-bikes. The program was set to expire on December 31, 2022, but City Council agreed to extend it through June 30, 2023.
The proposed agreement also requests an extension of the micro-mobility pilot through October 31, 2023, to allow Toole Design Group to perform the required analysis and community outreach and create an additional survey tool to develop the permanent program requirements.
City Council will also consider starting the permanent program on September 1, 2023, after the conclusion of the extended pilot program.
The city created the Disabilities Advisory Board (DAB) in May 1995, which addresses issues affecting people with disabilities, including ADA compliance, transportation, housing, access to city government and services for people with disabilities, and makes recommendations to Council relative to the adoption of programs, policies, or ordinances of benefit to the constituency.
When the economic benefits were finally revealed it was laughable if not cryable. It indicates how unprepared the city was to even determine what questions to ask. Too many naive heads agreeing to multi million profits for the scooter companies without investigating the liabilities. Not good. It’s similar to the “O ring” discussion AFTER the challenger mission blew up rather than executing caution beforehand. EXCEEDINGLY NOT GIID.
Questions asked by Meister & Heilman during Item 4.D revealed the exceedingly biased conditions on the original skewed poll and then staff offered word salad answers as to how the new services and development program will magically provided all the proposed results. Absurd.
WeHo illegal payouts are hidden in crazy over priced studies. $75,000 to study scooter parking at City Hall (which seems closed most of the time and calls seem as if all employees are working from home & don’t know anything about other city Hall Departments or employees if need a different department to help with a phone inquiry. Shortly after phase one $250 MILLION for Park & Library,.a bogus plan was I’m an article here on this cite,.that City Determined to move City Hall & rebuild Sheriff’s Station to new City Hall Sheriff complex. Absurd, but approved $360,000 for study.… Read more »
Ban the scooters! Make Weho Sidewalks Safer!
Join your friends and neighbors and sign the petition NOW!
Get rid of scooters and get rid of Erickson, Shyne and Byers!!!
“…how to help any barriers that may exist…”
Number of pedestrians killed by cars in LA 2022 – 312
Number of pedestrians killed by scooters in LA 2022 – 2
That statistic without qualification, avoids the recognition of danger and inappropriate use. One does not need to be killed. One can suffer traumatic injury unnecessarily due to the avoidable carelessness of another
Scooters are deadly dangerous. They do not belong on the streets of WeHo. Get rid of them. They are hazardous. The earmarked $160,000 could better be used to help solve the issue of the homeless.
Do you hate what is happening in WeHo? do you think this city council is trying to force scooters down our throats? Do you think it’s ridiculous to cite street musicians but not cite illegal scooter riders? Do you want to know who Toole Design is? Do you want to know what is going on with the poll that Sepi promised us on scooters? Do you have anything else you want to get off your chest? Then speak up!! COME TO THE MEETING WeHo city council chambers 625 n, san vicente 6 PM Monday, March 6 SEND AN E-COMMENT To… Read more »
Just who owns “Toole Design Group”?? Some puppet of Septic Shyne’s that she’s getting kickbacks from?
Who oversees that “poll” process to make sure it’s not just a rubber stamp so that Septic Shyne can get kickbacks from the scooter companies?
Follow the money to find the truth. Follow the stench to find the City Council.
This whole scooter thing has provided quite the view into the true nature of West Hollywood government and its working mechanisms. Bottom lie, safety of pedestrians, opinions of residents, promises of a comprehensive survey all of these mean nothing to the city council and most especially the mayor. Voices of the citizenry are not wanted. Everything is done under the table. What’s truly horrible will be the lawsuit against the city brought on by the family of the person that is killed due to a scooter accident. That will cause pause and the lawsuit will also finally follow the money… Read more »
Extend the green bike lanes at the Beverly Hills city.line and require the scooters – which are here too stay, I’m sure – to her used only in those green bike lanes.