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How do you really feel about electric scooters in Detroit?

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A Bird scooter on the ramp to the Dequindre Cut
Photo by Robin Runyan

Welcome to Open Threads, wherein we’ll pass the mic to readers to speak up about topics of interest, distress, horror, and more. Have something you want discussed? Let us know. This week’s topic: scooters in Detroit.

All across the country, Bird and Lime have unleashed their scooters on unsuspecting cities. While some cities swiftly create regulations around how scooters are used, and some users pile them up or throw them in the water, other cities just go with the flow and adapt fairly easily.

Bird scooters arrived in Detroit in late July, followed a month later by Lime. The scooters are often seen zipping around downtown, Midtown, the Villages, Eastern Market, Corktown, Southwest, and further, sometimes with more than one rider.

Now, even East Lansing and Ann Arbor have scooters—with mixed opinions from respective schools.

Both companies advise riders to wear helmets—which are rarely seen. Ideally, scooters wouldn’t be used on sidewalks—although they often are. And since the scooters are dockless, riders can just leave them wherever—they’re often seen jutting into or blocking sidewalks.

The Detroit News recently reported that the city has created guidelines in regards to scooters, but there are still issues with safety that the city council may look into.

Now that you’ve had a chance to see them on the roads and sidewalks in Detroit, what do you think of the scooters? Do you ride them? Are they a fun option for getting to your destination? Are they crowding the sidewalks? And what should the city consider when looking into regulating the dockless scooters?

Let us know what you think in the comments.