If you have been reading my posts regarding (especially) the couplet one way roads downtown, you’ll notice that I am a proponent of reducing the speed limit, but improving the calibration/sync of the traffic signals so that people who maintain a lower speed are rewarded with making the series of lights as they move through downtown.
What happens now is that the lights are almost sync’d, but not quite. This causes people to speed up to make the next light, and more to make the next light, and so on. Eventually a light will catch someone, or that person runs the red light while speeding. Wasn’t the recent cars/pedestrians accident this weekend the result of someone speeding and/or running a light?
That said, regardless of what we do with cars, short of eliminating them altogether, it doesn’t address the hazard of electric scooters doing what they want, where they want, without rules or consequence. And regarding the phantom bike narrative being used, there are TONS more scooters on the streets and sidewalks than there ever have been bicycles. It’s not even close. These scooters are also motorized and traveling at much faster speeds. Deflecting to issues with cars DT isn’t going to make new problems caused by the scooters go away.
We have to address all transportation issues, not just cars and not just scooters. With DT growing and more people on the streets, even pedestrians are going to have to get with the program and change some behaviors because DT streets aren’t empty like the used to be.