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By adamg - 9/19/23 - 8:59 pm

A perturbed citizen files a 311 complaint about the scooter situation in the Back Bay: Read more.

By adamg - 4/14/23 - 9:38 am

Harvard is following BC's lead and banning students from riding or even just storing scooters and bikes inside its buildings and warning them to de-bike on certain hallowed ground, such as Harvard Yard. The Crimson interviews one of its own sports editors, who is simply aghast, and another student who had her scooter stolen when she was forced to leave it, unlocked, outside.

By adamg - 12/11/22 - 5:57 pm
Guy on a scooter in the snow

Ari Ofsevit captures a local man doing what a local man must do at first snow.

By adamg - 12/8/22 - 9:40 am

The BC Heights reports that a month after Boston College banned students from riding e-scooters indoors, it has now banished them - and those powered mono-wheel things - from campus completely, effective Dec. 22.

"A number of BC students have suffered injuries from e-scooter falls," mirroring similar trends at campuses across the country, officials told students this week, adding there's also a fire risk when their batteries are recharged.

By adamg - 10/3/22 - 2:55 pm

Boston College is out with formal regulations about scooters with motors that include such common-sense rules as yielding to pedestrians and not driving them hellbent for leather while on campus, the BC Heights reports. But also:

Students living in residence halls can store their scooters inside, but they must carry and not ride the scooters while indoors, the email states.

By adamg - 10/10/19 - 9:25 am

The Daily Free Press reports growing numbers of BU students are using scooters - most of them non-electric - to get from A to B on the elongated BU campus; quotes a BU official as saying there's only so much they can do to keep scootin' scholars from getting flattened on public roads in a city with no formal scooter regulations.

By adamg - 8/1/19 - 11:22 am

Cambridge Police report on an incident shortly before 1 a.m. yesterday in Kendall Square, involving a motorized scooter and a driver who "failed to stop and was observed from a distance operating in a reckless manner while making obscene hand gestures at officers." Read more.

By adamg - 7/18/19 - 4:14 pm
Goose and Bird scooter at Jamaica Pond

One of the geese that frequents Jamaica Pond hit the salad bar this afternoon while one of the rolling Brookline eyesores that keeps winding up at the pond just sat nearby, taking up space.

By adamg - 4/24/19 - 7:53 pm

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports that state Rep. Aaron Michlewitz wants to keep the narrow streets of "the inner North End" scooter free. The City Council last month approved regulations proposed by Mayor Walsh to set up a system to let companies begin renting scooters in the city.

By adamg - 4/17/19 - 2:46 pm

An irate citizen files a 311 complaint about the Bird scooters from Brookline he or she says are now piling up along the Riverway in Boston, where the things are not (yet) legal: Read more.

By adamg - 4/9/19 - 5:17 pm

Wicked Local Brookline's weekly roundup of calls to Brookline 911 still has complaints about cranky turkeys and aggressive geese, but now residents are calling 911 to complain about local ne'er-do-well scooters as well.

At 6:10 a.m. police received a report of a scooter left running unattended on the sidewalk for more than 10 minutes.

By adamg - 4/1/19 - 11:20 am

Brookline rolled out rental scooters with a ceremonial ride around Town Hall this morning - and a woman promptly fell off one and had to be taken away in an ambulance, WBZ reports.

By adamg - 3/27/19 - 1:17 pm

The Boston City Council today approved an ordinance proposed by Mayor Walsh that would allow rental scooters on local streets and sidewalks - under the oversight of the city transportation department, which would license operators and set requirements for such things as ensuring even the city's most far-flung neighborhoods get stocked with the two-wheelers. Read more.

By adamg - 1/28/19 - 9:31 pm

Mayor Walsh has filed a proposed ordinance that would let scooter companies begin lining city sidewalks with their for-hire two wheelers - as long as register with the city and promise to get their users not to block sidewalk ramps, crosswalks, fire hydrants and building entrances. Read more.

By adamg - 10/17/18 - 1:57 pm

Boston, Cambridge, Brookline and Somerville are working on a pilot program that could unleash some of those electric scooters that briefly showed up in Cambridge and Somerville earlier this year, City Councilor Matt O'Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain) said today. Read more.

By adamg - 8/10/18 - 9:02 am

WBUR reports that alleged scooters continue to show up on the Bird app for Cambridge users, but when they get to where the wheelieboards are supposed to be, they're nowhere to be found. WBUR reports Bird would not say if there's a technical glitch or the company is just thumbing its nose at the city, which banned them.

By adamg - 8/8/18 - 9:47 am
By adamg - 7/31/18 - 7:55 am
Bird scooters in the North End

Roving UHub photographer Gary Chase spotted these two Bird rental scooters in the North End on Saturday. Riders are supposed to stay out of Boston, at least for now.

Meanwhile, Cambridge told the company to get its scooters out of that city, at least until officials can come up with some regulations, the Boston Business Journal reports.

By adamg - 7/26/18 - 10:04 am
Scooter heads just laying on the street in Cambridge

Stephen M. reports this grim scene on DeWolfe Street at Memorial Drive this morning: Somebody's disassembled a couple of those rental scooters that suddenly showed up in Cambridge and Somerville last week - and left behind evidence of their work.

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