A category-action lawsuit filed this week claims the town of San Diego and three corporations have didn’t maintain metropolis sidewalks clear from an “onslaught of unregulated dockless scooters.”
Fowl, Lime, Razor and the town of San Diego are named within the lawsuit as violating the People with Disabilities Act by neglecting to maintain the town’s sidewalks away from dockless scooters for people who find themselves visually impaired and who use wheelchairs and walkers.
“I have been hit a pair instances. Individuals simply run into the entrance of my chair,” mentioned Jean Rocque, a wheelchair person. “I’ve truly needed to choose ’em up off the sidewalk and swing em round. I can not choose ’em up however I can maneuver them out of my means.”
Rocque just isn’t a part of the go well with however hopes it does one thing to make her life simpler.
The lawsuit was filed within the U.S. District Southern Court docket of California by Disabilities Rights California (DCA), a national non-profit disabilities rights group, on behalf of Alex Montoya, Rex Shirley, Philip Pressel, Aaron Gresson and different folks with disabilities.
The lawsuit describes instances the place Montoya, who was born with out arms and one leg, and Gresson, who’s blind, had been virtually struck by oncoming scooters that they might not put together for due to their restricted mobility.
“The dockless scooter riders typically journey the Scooters on the sidewalk, turning the sidewalk right into a car freeway reasonably than an area for secure pedestrian entry and use,” the lawsuit mentioned.
Bob Frank, one of many attorneys who filed the go well with, mentioned the town is creating an atmosphere the place it’s endangering disabled folks.
“A few of them do not exit,” he mentioned. “They stay in worry due to the presence of scooters and the hazards they current to them.”
Individuals equivalent to Shirley and Pressel, who use mobility scooters, are prevented from utilizing the town’s sidewalks, the lawsuit alleges.
“My life is completely modified,” Pressel mentioned. “They whiz by speeds, inches away from my scooter.”
At instances, each have run into the transportation gadgets as they lay on the sidewalk.
“They shouldn’t be parked on the sidewalk,” Pressel mentioned. “In the event that they’re parked on the sidewalk individuals who do not know assume we’ll journey on the sidewalk and that is not proper.”
In a minimum of one occasion, Shirley was unable to depart his house due to dockless scooters blocking the doorway, the lawsuit mentioned.
“Individuals with disabilities who want to journey within the Metropolis utilizing the Metropolis’s walkways are being compelled to both put their bodily security in danger or simply keep house. This isn’t a alternative that they need to must make,” the lawsuit mentioned.
Frank mentioned the objective of the lawsuit is to not take scooters away, however to make it safer for disabled folks.
“We’re hoping the court docket agrees and may also help assemble an answer to this that neither the town or the scooter corporations have give you but,” he mentioned.