CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - On April 30, Vaden Hill said he was riding his personal scooter home along East 6th Street in uptown Charlotte when a driver started yelling at him.
“It was clearly marked in green, separated by dividers. A gentleman pulled up on my left and at first I wasn’t paying attention to him and I saw him roll his window down and when I looked to my left I heard him say, ‘Get out the road.’ And when I looked down I was still on the green bike lane, I’m still in the dividers,” Hill said.
Meg Fencil with Sustain Charlotte says people like Hill are the most vulnerable people on the street. She advocates for walkers, bikers, and those using other forms of transportation to have room on the streets.
“It’s not surprising to know that people are still being killed and seriously injured when they are walking and riding bikes and scooters. But every time it happens, it’s of course a tragedy. If we think about designing streets for people of all ages and all ability levels, then we’re going to see more people choosing to walk and ride bikes and ride scooters, but people need to feel and know that they’re going to be safe when they use that form of transportation,” Fencil said.