Electric Scooters Met with Both Approval and Scorn in Many Cities
UNITED STATES – August 29, 2018 (gpbnews.com) An article online at gpbnews.com discusses the recent popularity of electric scooters in many cities in the United States, as well as the scorn the vehicles are drawing from many people.*
Electric scooters started popping up in many major cities seemingly overnight. People walking or driving around large cities like Austin, Texas, and Denver, Colorado, now frequently see the two-wheeled vehicles zooming around. The vehicles represent a fun and efficient way to travel about town for many people. But others find them annoying and dangerous.
A recent survey by Populous found that out of 7,000 people, 3.6 percent said they had used an electric dockless scooter. Close to 70 percent of participants said they viewed the scooters positively. Riders say that scooters complement public transportation and offer a replacement for ridesharing services, like Uber and Lyft, when people have a short distance to travel. The scooters are also cost-effective, averaging about $1 to unlock and 15 cents per minute to ride.
However, other members of the public say scooters are a nuisance and present a danger to pedestrians. Scooter riders can travel approximately 15 mph, which is quite fast when sharing the sidewalk with people on foot. Riders often do not have helmets, and they leave their scooters pretty much anywhere they want, often blocking the sidewalk. People in Los Angeles have become so angry about scooters that some have vandalized the vehicles, set them on fire, or tossed them into public toilets.
Because of the hordes of scooters discarded all over, some cities have placed a ban on the vehicles. In June, San Francisco ordered electric scooter companies to cease operations inside the city until they applied for permits.
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