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Just when I'd come to terms with idiot pavement cyclists, a new danger has arrived - kids on scooters. You know, those metal things with handlebars that kids love to pick up and swing around in the air before slamming them down hard on the pavement.
Anyone unfortunate enough to get in the way would be seriously injured. Most of their parents just look on indulgently, without any attempt to stop them using what amounts to a dangerous weapon in a crowded place.
five young teenagers sped by on their scooters, giving pedestrians less than a foot of clearance
Just yesterday, I watched in horror as a little gang of five young teenagers sped by on their scooters, giving pedestrians less than a foot of clearance. If any of the shoppers had changed direction or put one of their hands out, they would have been seriously hurt.
One little boy "undertook" an elderly lady carrying two bags of shopping who was walking near the kerb. How he ever managed to get between her and the kerb defeats me. The slightest movement by her would have caused an accident as somebody would have fallen into the road, in the path of fast-moving cars.
It's scary and intimidating for people who are walking - they can't see these scooter riders coming up from behind. Elderly people can't always hear them and they certainly can't be expected to move out of the way in time.
There are times when we are chatting to friends without realising that someone is swinging a heavy, metal object very fast and right behind us. I think these metal scooters should be banned in crowded public places. Just because they are seen as kids' playthings doesn't mean that they aren't capable of putting someone in hospital.