I just read The Buffalo News article about pending electric scooter and electric bike legislation, and came away alarmed.
The article mentioned the possibility of allowing electric scooters to operate on sidewalks as long as they did not exceed 8 miles per hour. This is over twice the speed of someone walking. I am a lifelong environmentalist and energy conservationist. I recognize that the use of e-scooters and e-bikes can save energy compared driving a car or truck. But I don’t think motor vehicles – even those powered by electricity – should compete with pedestrians on sidewalks. As a general rule, I think e–scooters and e–bikes belong in the street, and not on sidewalks, bike paths, or trails.