Last summer, the Las Vegas Strip was subjected to a biblically large grasshopper invasion. This summer, the Strip is facing a strange invasion of a different kind – electric mobility scooters.
If you have visited the Strip since its June 4 reopening, you have probably witnessed this strange phenomenon. Hoards of seemingly able-bodied visitors are zooming through the Strip’s casinos, sidewalks, and escalators on the scooters.
Current regulations limiting occupancy on the Strip coupled with the general population’s apprehension to travel contribute to this bizarre anomaly. Areas that were once overflowing now have plenty of open space.
“I’ve been seeing [the scooters] non-stop since the lockdown ended. It’s definitely been a bit odd, but I assumed it was a case of supply being high and demand being low,” said /r/Vegas Reddit user RomSteady.
Scooter rental companies caught on. Many capitalized on this craze by amping up their marketing efforts and employing truck billboards to advertise their services up and down Las Vegas Blvd.
With offers like free delivery to the Strip and downtown at the low rate of $99 per week, the scooters seem like a reasonable alternative to walking long distances in the heat.
“The walks between these casinos and back and forth to their rooms in the 105 degree heat can wipe anyone out regardless of fitness level. If you’re only in town a weekend a scooter is the best way to see as much as you can in the least amount of time,” said /r/Vegas Reddit user u/Opposite_Channel.
A few dissenters took their criticisms about the scooters to local Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook pages. But between card slappers and the dressed-up characters, this is not the first Strip related inconvenience.
Some are concerned that the high number of rentals may leave less inventory available for people with disabilities who need the scooters. However, it is impossible to discern if a person has a disability by just looking at them.
In addition the scooters take up an abundance of space, disrupting the flow of foot traffic, and can be driven irresponsibly which may lead to potential injury to others.
Others think the criticisms are blown out of proportion.
“Most people getting annoyed about them apparently have never been on the strip before. LOTS of annoyances & taking up space normally. Welcome to a popular tourist destination!,” said Twitter user @MrEsInLasVegas.
Whether you are pro-scooter or anti-scooter, we just hope everyone keeps hydrated, keeps a safe social distance, and makes sure to look-out for one another.
“The walks between these casinos and back and forth to their rooms in the 105 degree heat can wipe anyone out regardless of fitness level. If you’re only in town a weekend a scooter is the best way to see as much as you can in the least amount of time,” said /r/Vegas Reddit user Opposite_Channel.
“If you can afford it and the company has them available I say go for it,“ u/Opposite_Channel.