Person caught riding e-scooter in Plaza Midwood with child on shoulders

- First it was a shocking picture of someone riding an electric scooter in the I-77 construction zone. Now, we have another picture that will make you ask, “What were they thinking”.

It’s someone riding an electric scooter with a child on their shoulders. This picture was snapped along Belvedere Avenue.

FOX 46 spoke with a woman in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood who witnessed the dangerous ride.

"I don't have any children, but I would never put them in that kind of danger," said Lisa Harrison.

City of Charlotte Mayor Pro Tem Julie Eiselt agrees.

"I don't know why you would put your child or yourself at risk like that."

In response Mayor Pro Tem Eiselt says city staff will suggest safety regulations for rental e-scooters during Monday’s city council meeting.

"We were waiting until the pilot program was over before they came out with recommendations, but I don't know if we should be waiting until the end of October. I think we need some rules that are enforceable."

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police says these laws are currently in place for e-scooters:

  • a helmet is required under age 16
  • you have to follow traffic laws
  • can't drink and ride
  • you have to stay off of the interstate including 277

Mayor Pro Tem says she’s unsure CMPD has the resources to enforce these laws.

"They're stretched quite thin, so we need to see if this is even enforceable by law enforcement."

Meanwhile, the two companies working with the City of Charlotte for the E-scooter pilot program - Bird and Lime - have their own rules:

  • riders have to be 18 years old
  • wear a helmet
  • have a license
  • no double riding

As for Lisa, she says she has a word for the person riding with a child on his shoulders.

"I hope you're thinking about your child's safety in the future."

If you’d like to learn more about Charlotte’s plan for alternative transportation, you can attend a town hall on Friday, September 7th at the Charlotte Powerhouse Studio (1507 Camden Road/ Bland Street station) from 5 - 8 pm.

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