Scooters Becoming Trend in Urban Transportation
USA- The sfgate.com writes that electric scooters are becoming common sites on the streets of cities across the United States. The vehicles are creating some confusion as it is unclear whether they are legally motor vehicles, and the rules about where they can be ridden are not entirely clear.*
About one year ago, the scooters were introduced to the city ofSanta Monica, California as part of an experimental program. By one year later, the vehicles were found in 7 countries, in 75 markets.
There are now thousands of motorized scooters available for rentals in cities across the country. Companies like Skip, Lime and Bird, started putting the scooters in cities after dockless bikes were introduced in 2017. Dockless bikes created some issues because there were high rates of theft and vandalism and because cities were frustrated by the bikes being left on their streets and sidewalks. Some dockless bike companies joined the scooter movement.
Cities have not had a chance to develop regulations for scooters. Some cities have responded to the arrival by issuing bans. Seattle implemented a ban that is pending a study of the scooters and how they function in other cities. San Francisco banned scooters but later reopened the city to them.
Scooters are allowed on the road, similar to bikes. In some places, it is possible to use the vehicles on the sidewalks, and in others,they are only allowed on the roads. Scooters can present dangers to pedestrians, and in many places, scooter riders are urged to use bike lanes. Scooter riders are required to follow traffic laws.
Riders should use helmets, and both Skip and Bird will send helmets to customers who ask for them. The vehicles are capable of traveling at about 15 miles per hour.
As scooters spread throughout cities, companies are attempting to educate the public about scooter safety.