Councilman Peter Cunningham: “Less than a day and already issues with scooters”
I’m sure many of you are aware of the release below about the “scooter” madness that hit our streets today. I was in favor of bringing the scooters to Hoboken on the condition that we could ensure they were operated safely on our street. In fact, I negotiated with members of the council more closely aligned with the mayor to reduce the number of scooters to rent to make it more manageable for Hoboken Police to enforce the rules, as well to ensure we collected data on their “illegal” use. I support more than 90% of the Mayor’s agenda. To gain my support, the scooter rental resolution had to be negotiated to get it passed.
There will be an important meeting tomorrow morning (so I am told) to discuss ways to ensure that there is no day two of reckless riding of scooters the wrong way, on sidewalks, through the parks, and on the grass – all without a helmet. Representatives from the scooter companies will be present along with the Admin and HPD. It is unclear if any City Council members will be present. It is astonishing that nobody was hurt today, but the potential as many of you know was extremely high. These scooter companies have the ability to provide important data on illegal use to support HPD.
I look forward to reporting the results of this meeting, among other issues of interest.