Pacific Beach groups survey potential scooter corral sites
by DAVE SCHWAB
Published - 06/28/19 - 07:23 AM | 4424 views | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some of the potential sites for scooter corrals (green dots) in Pacific Beach.
Some of the potential sites for scooter corrals (green dots) in Pacific Beach.
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With new electric scooter regulations taking effect citywide July 1, beach residents via Pacific Beach Planning Group have been vetting proposed sites for placing the devices in designated “corrals.”

“In order to help keep our pedestrians safe on PB’s sidewalks, 10 members of the planning group and PB Town Council agreed to survey potential scooter corrals for Pacific Beach,” said PBPG chair Karl Rand. “In less than two weeks, more than 187 of the proposed 230 corral sites listed by the city’s traffic engineers were examined for safety and appropriateness.”

Rand said collected survey information has been listed in three ways: comments on a Google community spreadsheet, emailed general public comments and comments made during PB Planning Group’s Streets & Sidewalks Subcommittee meeting, chaired by Eve Anderson on June 15, following a recent PBPG special scooter corrals meeting. 

“A vote was subsequently taken and approved to send the full list (of all comments) to Ahmad Erikat, associate traffic engineer, for sharing with his engineers,” said Rand.

Excerpts of scooter corral comments on Google community spreadsheet: scooters could negatively affect cul-de-sac by Crystal Pier; not good for tenants by their front doors; not good in low-visibility areas with narrow sidewalks or near bus stops and fire hydrants; inappropriate where red zones are too small; should not block parking entrances to buildings; should not be placed in already congested spots; not too close to right turns; where they are too small or too near other corrals; in mid-blocks in front of houses and driveways; not in the entire block of Mission Boulevard that is painted red; not in mid-block corrals where scooters can be knocked down like bowling pins; or too close to street corners. 

General comments emailed during June: No corrals in right-turn areas; no siting where they would block cars from turning and would be dangerous to bicyclists; no corrals too close to cul-de-sacs which large vehicles including delivery trucks use; put one corral on each side of the street in each block which scooters must use if available; include street-sweeping restrictions in parking corrals with stencils or posted signs; when multiple sites are available choose those with the least adverse impacts to residents, traffic and parking; not sited in fast zones exceeding 35 mph on Sapphire and Mission Boulevard; too many corrals proposed, too many scooters in PB; no matter how many are painted on, there will still be more scooters placed in the mornings by those persons paid to place as many as possible; riders may not honor corrals and will continue to leave scooters on sidewalks in yards and streets; police department cannot adequately cite people who fail to comply with corral placement; don’t place corrals within 500 feet of any establishment selling alcohol. 

Comments from PB Planning Group and committee meetings: there should be a penalty for parking on sidewalks and not in corrals; no scooter parking at Tuesday PB Farmers Market on Bayard between Garnet and Grand; could interfere with Mission Boulevard “PB Parks” project; would like to see the City charge scooter companies by the mile, not by the unit; there needs to be a “scooter czar” for all scooter-related issues, including corrals; scooters should be removed by 9 p.m.; leaving scooters near bars leads to potential drunk-driving problems; no limits on total scooter numbers currently.

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