Disability rights group sues scooter companies over clogged sidewalks

CNET | 1/16/2019 | Dara Kerr
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Scooters have a tendency to clog sidewalks.

Electric scooter companies Bird and Lime have scattered thousands of rentable, dockless, electric scooters across US cities over the last year. And one complaint keeps coming up: they block sidewalks.

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Advocacy group Disability Rights California is now suing the two companies in federal court in San Diego for allegedly violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. The group, which is seeking class-action status for the case, says Bird and Lime are obstructing public sidewalks, making them unsafe for people with mobility and sight disabilities. Disability Rights California is also suing the City of San Diego for not maintaining accessible sidewalks.

"The scooter companies have treated our free public walkways as their own private rental offices, show rooms and storage facilities," said Bob Frank, lawyer for Neil, Dymott Attorneys, which filed the case in conjunction with Disability Rights California. "People with disabilities need to have access to city sidewalks and their needs must come first."

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Electric scooters have only been around for about a year and they've exploded in popularity. More than a dozen companies have launched the vehicles in roughly 100 US cities. But the scooters have become a controversial topic. Some people love being able to zoom around on the vehicles, while others find the scooters to be a menace.

Residents' complaints have flooded lawmakers' offices saying they've tripped on scooters or been sideswiped by riders. Many complaints say riders don't follow the laws of the road, endanger pedestrians and leave the scooters wherever they feel like it -- blocking sidewalks, parking spots, bike racks and wheelchair accesses.

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Disability Rights California's lawsuit isn't the first against the scooter companies. An Austin man sued Bird earlier this month after tripping on a scooter lying in the sidewalk. And another suit was filed against Bird in October by a disabled woman...
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