All around the world, e-scooters have been popping up in streets, parks, and anywhere else you can think of. This boom in the demand of e-scooters arises from a need for environment friendly and convenient way of travelling. You can either own them personally or rent out one according to your needs. They are now legal in a number of countries, although the laws that they fall under are constantly changing.
For hire companies like Bird and Lime have sold millions of rides, which shows that more and more people are accepting it as an alternative for travel. There is some pushback from the government and civilians regarding the security of pedestrians or others who use the streets.
Yet, their existence continues to thrive. Overpopulated public transportation in cities causes too much pollution, congestion and even accidents. E-scooters can help make it easier for people travel even though there are some minor problems.
Issues with e-scooter use
Although, experts agree that e-scooters can reduce the pressure on our current transport systems, there needs to be better policies in place to tackle the problems that may arise with the introduction of them.
The misuse of electric scooters, especially speeding, drinking and riding, or riding on pavements has become a nuisance for pedestrians and civilians. This adds to the arising issue of the safety measures that must be ensured for other users of the roads.
Furthermore, e-scooter riders often leave their vehicles strewn about in streets even when there is designated drop-off points or parking areas. Other times, their recklessness leads to vandalism of these vehicles as well. There have been incidents of e-scooters thrown into rivers or left on the ground contributing to destruction of the vehicles.
To come to a solution, many policies have been implanted all around the world which have worked but do need to adapted to the ever-changing situation. Since, e-scooters are a fairly new phenomenon, it is hard to completely determine the laws it has to follow. Sometimes, national laws also affect how a policy is determined. A trial and error method is mostly used when it comes to decide the policies.
According to Stefan Gössling from Lund University, one of the policies that could be implemented is to restrict e-scooters from using cycle lanes or tracks. Most e-scooters tend to use existing cycle lanes which can cause congestion. They also tend to be faster so a speed limit should be set, like in the UK where rental e-scooters can only speed up to 15.5 mph. Better parking spaces with charging docks should also be established to make sure they are not left unattended on streets.
This would not only the relieve the pressure on current transport systems, improve safety precautions, but also allow cities to be more habitable.
What lies ahead
Implementing the policies suggested are going to be difficult. However, if we want to move towards a cleaner and smarter future, it is absolutely necessary. Being reliant on cars and other vehicles not only limits the possibilities but also adds to the congestion and pollution in cities.
Many other unforeseeable issues may arise if we were to legalise e-scooters. However, the benefits outweigh the costs. E-scooters not only elevate one’s physical health but also their mental health. Want to join the e-scooter revolution? Contact us on how you can get your hands on one today!