My ideas for electric scooters/bicycles if they are to be allowed on Austin trails.
1. Make them hum or have some noise so we can hear them coming (like hybrid-electric cars have). Often first time we hear them is when they are clipping along side us at 10-15 miles per hour. It startles me and my dog.
2. Make a 2ft rule, similar to the 3ft rule that cars have with bicycles. These near unanimously (sorry guys) young males cut close to us while on side walks and pathways. They are literally 2-3 in. from us.
3. Make the drivers go to come type of sensitivity training. They seem oblivious to the fact that they are nearly running people over.
4. Ban them outright. The speed differential between a scooter/electric bike driving 10-15 mph is huge when compared to a person walking 3 mph. The result is that they approach much more quickly than other runners, walkers, and even most bicyclists, who have to pedal.
I'm sorry. I don't like them on the Lady Bird Trail. Since they've existed, my dog and I have had almost no walks where we haven't been startled by someone on an electric bike or riding electric scooters on sidewalks.