What do locals and tourists think about the motorized scooter ban plan?
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When Councilmember Lorie Zapf announced on May 11 that the City Council will take up an emergency ordinance to ban motorized scooters from the boardwalk, we went out on Saturday, May 12 to check out who is riding the scooters. It turns out, riders are young, old and everything in between.  / All photos by Thomas Melville
When Councilmember Lorie Zapf announced on May 11 that the City Council will take up an emergency ordinance to ban motorized scooters from the boardwalk, we went out on Saturday, May 12 to check out who is riding the scooters. It turns out, riders are young, old and everything in between. / All photos by Thomas Melville
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We went out to the boardwalk and asked what people thought of the City's plan to ban motorized scooters from the boardwalk from Crystal Pier to South Mission Beach. Here's what we heard:

“People want to come down here, have fun and ride a bike or something. It is a good alternative to bike riding. I think it’s neat.”

– Chris Amaral, Salinas

“[The unsafe ones are] these knucklehead tourists who come out here and don't know how to act in San Diego. I get my freedom riding up and down the coast just listening to my jams.”

– Brandon Ashcraft, SD

“I think that it is smart to ban them. They have already banned them where I live in North Bay. People were getting hit and they were causing accidents.”

– Kyle McCue, North Bay

“They really help me when I run errands. I think that [the city] is taking away all of our fun. They should probably put speed limits or something like that.”

– Jorge Pascal, SD

“I have just ridden from one end of the board walk to the other. I have not seen any misconduct what-so-ever. I don’t think that with this type of vehicle that anything is inherently unsafe.”

– Walter Moss, SD

“I do not dig it. It needs a regulation, it just has to happen. There is no required helmet, there is no training, you can rent them while intoxicated.”

– Robbie Sorensen, SD

“If people were respectful and knew how to ride them it would be fine. I can see how it could lead to trouble.”

– Jessica Godoy, Salinas
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