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Modern electric scooters have captured a large segment of the personal transportation market in recent years, though the industry does have its detractors. In other words, there are a lot of haters.
Though increasing in popularity, electric scooters are often met with scorn by a relatively large segment of the population. As a matter of fact, Portland residents recently threw more than 50 electric scooters into a river. Does this action necessarily mean that electric scooters are bad? Of course not.
It’s only bad when people don’t ride their electric scooters in legal areas. Plus, there’s always a chance for danger if riders don’t use them in specific areas, as electric scooters tend to be very heavy. And, if you use a scooter without a solid electric scooter helmet, you’re only putting yourself at risk.
Ride-sharing companies, such as Lime, have been sprouting up all over the country.
There are several reasons why electric scooters are disliked by some consumers. Here are just a few of the reasons.
Much of the antipathy directed toward the electric scooter industry is aimed at one subcategory of the market. Ride-sharing companies, such as Lime, have been sprouting up all over the country. These companies tend to attract tourists and long-time residents of a city find hundreds of tourists zipping up and down the streets to be an annoyance. Ride-share customers have a bad habit of leaving the scooters all over the place and they can often get in the way of locals. Additionally, some residents do not like companies such as Bird using free public space to sell rides with their electric scooters. As an owner or user, it is helpful to learn where to park your e-scooter.
Electric scooters have caught on in a big way with the country’s kids, including teens, preteens, and other age groups.
Electric scooters have caught on in a big way with the country’s kids, including teens, preteens, and other age groups. Youth carries with it a certain level of recklessness, which can translate into hazardous scooter riding practices. Young riders can be found riding recklessly on sidewalks and other areas where local municipalities have outlawed scooters. Some heavily trafficked pedestrian walkways have become flooded with young electric scooter riders, thus making walking somewhat of a frustration. Additionally, many of these young riders are illegally using electric scooters, as they are not even old enough to ride one in some cities. Finally, we recommend e-scooter suspensions on your vehicle because they provide stability and less risk of losing control.
Many parents and concerned citizens have become worried that riding an electric scooter can cause bodily harm. While there is some risk involved with riding an e-scooter, as they are moving vehicles, this risk is minimal when compared to cars and other modes of transportation. Much of this risk can be mitigated simply by wearing protective gear, such as a helmet knee pads, and arm pads. Most scooter riders who get in an accident are not wearing a helmet.
Young riders can be found riding recklessly on sidewalks and other areas that local municipalities have outlawed scooters.
How much do electric scooter ride-sharing services cost?
Generally speaking, scooter-sharing companies charge around $1 to start a ride and then between about $0.15 and $0.40 per minute during use.
Is it illegal to use an electric scooter?
It is not illegal in most cities throughout the country, though there are some age restrictions. For instance, you must be 12 years old to ride an electric scooter in Minnesota and 15 in California.
Are e-scooters illegal in the UK?
It is legal to purchase and ride an electric scooter in the UK, but they have been banned in many public spaces. Check your local regulatory agency for updated information as to where you can ride a scooter.
STAT: Regarding scooter-related head injuries, 95 percent involved riders who were not wearing helmets; and most were the result of riders being forced into the street, owing to a lack of proper bike lanes and a prohibition against riding on the sidewalk. (source)