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Portland Transportation Bureau Retracts Tweet Calling Electric Scooters “Toys” for “Tech Bros”

E-scooters are attracting riders in cities all over the country. But they still struggle with legitimacy issues. Image: Portland Bureau of Transportation

Portland transportation officials were red-faced this week after an unnamed staffer disparaged e-scooters as "toys" for lazy "tech bros" just as the city's pilot scooter program went live.

The unidentified official took to the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Twitter account after a resident complained the city should be doing more to promote scooters to help achieve climate goals.

Or maybe they’re toys that tech bros leave lazily strewn about, blocking corner ramps needed for people with disabilities. Also, people need to know the helmet laws for scooters are different than for bicycles. We’ll see how it goes during this pilot period!

— Portland Bureau of Transportation (@PBOTinfo) July 26, 2018

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The agency, which began its program with e-scooters from Skip, Limebike and Bird this week, quickly apologized for the Tweet, saying it "does not represent the views of our bureau."

"We’re excited to welcome scooters as a new transportation option into our city and to see what we can learn from this pilot," the account added.

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