Dear Mayor, Mayor Pro Tempore and Councilmembers:
The staff report for the Dockless Micro-Mobility Pilot Program talks about how many trips have been taken on E-Scooters, how many miles that equals, and how many metric tons of CO2 cars would have produced had they been driven those miles instead of E-Scooters. This helps the City of West Hollywood achieve its laudable aim of reducing greenhouse gases. Except that the survey conducted for the city shows that “…micromobility trips taken by residents most often replace walking trips (66%), and 26% replace a car trip.” This means that the E-Scooters are actually contributing to climate change. The electricity used to charge these scooters for people to ride, rather than walk 66% of the time, may be generated by natural gas, which is a non-renewable fossil fuel, or even nuclear power.
The Dockless Micro-Mobility Pilot Program contributes to Climate Change.
And it is dangerous for our elderly and disable residents. E-Scooters ridden illegally on sidewalks endanger all of us. Ones left abandon on sidewalks and streets block the way for those in wheelchairs and who use canes or walkers. This city prides itself on its efforts to make sure our residents can Age in Place. Why would we make permeant a program which endangers them every single day?
My grandmother had polio. She walked with a cane and eventually a walker. I had to think of her a few weeks ago when I went for a walk on my street and encountered an E-Scooter left blocking the sidewalk entirely. She would have never been able to get around it. Many of our residents would not have either. All so 66% of riders could have a joyride rather than just walk.
If this really is about the environmental impact, may I suggest a personal choice anyone can make to have a real positive impact; Go Vegan! According to an Oxford University study (Fight the Climate Crisis by Going Vegan | PETA) the greenhouse-gas emissions of meat-eaters are between 99 and 102 percent higher than mine as a Vegan. Water usage is also greatly impacted. The production of 1 pound of beef consumes 2,500 gallons of water (Keep showering, California. Just lay off the burgers & nuts. | by Leslie (Ziegler) Schrock | Medium). Two hamburgers use enough water for the average person to shower for a year.
This is a personal choice you can make to actually help the environment. You can also vote to end the Dockless Micro-Mobility Pilot Program. An overall contributor to greenhouse gases and a danger to many of our residents.
19 Year Resident of West Hollywood