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    • thorgalle
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      4 weeks ago

      Besides the halving of the overall fleet, another measure should counter the nuisance caused by discarded scooters: parking outside designated zones will be banned from 1 February.

      Interesting when political decisions have a direct and noticeable effect on your daily life! I'm visiting Belgium again, and commuting to Brussels for work. It involves a bike ride, train ride, and then a 15- to 20-minute walk that can be reduced to a 5-minute scooter ride. I've been doing the latter regularly when running late, but this change has made the service mostly useless for me.

      This morning I took a scooter as usual, but couldn't park it (in a proper spot) next to my office. So I went to a nearby designated parking zone, which was "full for this operator". The app showed three other nearby parking zones which were also full, so I spent ~10 more minutes driving to a parking zone with an empty spot, and walking back. This tripled the trip costs and time, and made me later than I would have been by simply walking. What a joke!

      People abusing the commons have ruined this useful piece of sharing economy for the law-abiding & neighborly citizen 😒 I'll consider taking my skateboard next week.