A letter-to-the-editor was printed in the Dispatch. You can read the full article HERE.
I do agree with him that scooters should not be treated as toys. Unless it’s a bicycle and you can’t go more than 15 mph, you need to be wearing gear. At the very least, you need to be wearing pants and shoes and a helmet.
That said, I think more needs to be done to offer safety courses. The link he provides to safety courses is good. I encourage you to take a class if you haven’t already, they even offer classes for experienced riders, like a refresher course. (Hey, I just realized I probably have enough miles that I could take that with a straight face!) But you will have to try as a walk-on for the class. About 2 minutes after these classes are posted in like February, they all fill up. I think walking on is easy, but it’s no sure thing. If you and 10 other people show up, you probably all aren’t going to be able to walk-on.
That reminds me, there are plans to offer a scooter-focused class, which would be nice for people who don’t need/want to learn how to shift their modern/automatic scooter. I need to go dig up that email and find out what’s going on with that.