E-Scooters Remain Controversial as Environmental Concerns Combat Safety Considerations
UK- Forbes.com writes that e-scooters continue to create controversy throughout the globe. E-scooters have two wheels and a small electric motor. Proponents of e-scooters often state that they are environmentally friendly and a good way for people to get around crowded cities without adding to traffic congestion.
The coronavirus pandemic has also led to people pointing out that e-scooters provide a form of transportation that complies with social distancing guidelines. Despite the benefits touted by those in favor of e-scooters, there are clear risks involved in any use of these devices. Dangers presented by e-scooters extend not only to those riding them but to others with whom they share the road. In spite of safety concerns, e-scooters have become popular and more than 100 cities around the world.
E-scooter sharing allows for people to use smartphones to rent these devices in the same way that many cities permit rentals of bicycles. In the UK, e-scooters are only permitted in certain trial programs. Although e-scooters are capable of traveling at 30 miles per hour, in the UK, the speed limit is set at 15.5 mph for these devices. In locations carrying out trials, even lower speeds might be implemented. Statistics do not present a clear picture of how dangerous these devices are to riders. However, since 2018 at least 29 fatalities involving e-scooter accidents have been reported throughout the world.
Rules related to e-scooter use vary depending on the country and city. Some locations have created laws regarding e-scooters that mimic regulations for bicycles. In the United States, e-scooters are often allowed on the road even when there are no bike lanes. California has embraced the scooters and permits them on roads in bike lanes and other pavement but mandates that riders must be at least sixteen years old and are required to wear helmets. New York City formerly banned e-scooters but began permitting them in the spring of this year.
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