From the Anash.org inbox: A Crown Heights mother shares her recent experience and begs parents to make a change.
Dear Parents and Principals,
Today I was walking up Albany Avenue past a school with my 3 year old, 5 year old and 7 year old holding the stroller nicely. innocent enough.
I quickly realized I had made a big mistake. Oh no, it was dismissal time! But this time it was too late. Lots and lots of scooters on the sidewalk. I am someone who usually learns from my mistakes, but I forgot! Too late. I am already here. Scooters at all speeds on the sidewalk whizzing by; some motorized, some not. Most of them a danger to my kids.
Then it happened. A boy on large motorized scooter almost crashed into my 3 year old… Missed him by an inch. I am still shaking.
I asked this bar mitzvah boy driving the scooter to please please be careful and that he really belongs on the street with that, but he just looked at me really not understanding what in the world it was that I wanted from him.
I just heard yesterday of a shliach who was visiting Crown Heights and while innocently walking on the sidewalk was knocked to the ground by a Lubavitcher boy on a scooter.
These are not hoodlums or non-Jews riding on the sidewalk (the majority of them, at least). These are our sons, grandsons, nephews and brothers riding something motorized that can and does go very fast in a space that is designated for pedestrians. In one word: Danger.
Dear parents, from one parent to another, I am begging you to do some serious soul searching.
Is it really worth it for your son to endanger others several times a day, every weekday for the sake of his own fun or convenience?
According to the law, e-scooters are prohibited on NYC sidewalks. The reason is simple. Because they are a danger to the innocent people trying to walk on the sidewalk.
Please can you make sure your son stays on the street where these scooters belong. I understand that you might not want to because of the cars, trucks and buses. Ah, now you understand exactly how we feel when your son is riding an e-scooter on the sidewalk near our little (or big) children.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.
A Crown Heights mother who is holding out hope for change.