Pedestrians need to keep scooter and bike riders safe, too

Some elected officials want to fine scooter companies and make them reroute their lanes so bicyclists can access sidewalks. But pedestrians need to be kept safe too.

The two classes of users are responsible for keeping intersections clear: drivers and pedestrians. Drivers shouldn’t try to break through intersections in rush hour to avoid pedestrians crossing behind parked cars.

“I don’t even like to take a break in my car,” Rosa Usuba said. “I’m a light sleeper. When I wake up, I’m speeding home.”

Usuba, who lives in Northeast D.C., said she often has to jump on her scooter to get around the area. She also has to walk past parked cars to get across a dangerous block.

In many cities, schools have installed automated stop lights and stop signs to prevent scooter and bike riders from darting into traffic. But the city of D.C. has created a different kind of situation — a corridor of icy sidewalks with limited crosswalks, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“We’re urging cities to create safe and accessible sidewalks in intersections,” Dr. Angeline Lomeli, chair of the association’s board of trustees, said in a statement.

The group called on Mayor Muriel Bowser, D-Md., and Councilwoman Mary Cheh to fix these “blind spots” on city roads.

“As the scooter, bike and car race continues, these blind spots present a serious obstacle to all pedestrians and all cyclists,” Lomeli said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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