Electric scooters have become identified as a smarter way to travel. Enthusiasts are claiming that they are the future of environment friendly transportation. They could help reduce the pressure on public transportation and traffic as well. This sudden popularity has widespread all over the world mainly due to their accessibility, convenience and ease to ride.
Renting e-scooters is popular in many cities all round the world. However, riders often abandon them in the middle of pavements causing inconveniences for pedestrians. This has caused an uproar among pedestrians because it has caused accidents and injuries. Some cities have boycotted e-scooters, restricting many commuters the option of travelling better.
In Australia, the Brisbane City Council has allowed an extension for e-scooters trials run by Lime. However, better preventative measures need to be taken before e-scooters can finally be legalised.
Electric scooters can be helpful for short and long distance travelling alike. They could be considered “disruptive” in the sense that they would reduce the number of short trips taken by private vehicles. This would cause us to use cars less which would ease traffic and congestion. They could have the power to completely transform the transportation system as a whole, if only they were considered legal in cities. Moreover, commuters carry very little while travelling, so it is more desirable to use tiny vehicles such as e-bikes and e-scooters.
In Sydney, around 67% of these short commuting trips (on average) involve private vehicles. The proportions are even higher in Melbourne (76%), Brisbane and Darwin (both 80%), Canberra and Perth (both 83%), and Adelaide and Hobart (both 84%). Across the nation, more than 85% of drivers who commute by private car don’t share with other commuters.
It may be an adjustment for a lot of civilians, however e-scooter aficionados are determined to solve the issues presented. This provides hope that we will soon see more e-scooters on the streets.
Many governments around the world are slowly recognising the potential in allowing e-scooters on streets. The proper implementation of laws regarding e-scooters are still up in the air. Policymakers are opting to allow e-scooter start-ups to first test their technology and then use that data to determine what should be done. This way both manufacturers and lawmakers can make better informed decisions to tackle any issues that may arise.
Good news is that companies are offering financial incentives to both riders and the government to help properly allow e-scooters on the roads. They are also working with local governments to provide better safety measures such as locks, solar-powered parking, designated on-street drop-off zones and “dockless” parking.
Future of e-scooters
Since e-scooters have slowly become more accepted in society, more investors are interested in financing these ventures. New business models are being established, which means law makers also need to come up with adaptable rules. Rider safely is a growing concern that has arose due to the acceptance of e-scooters as a way to commute.There should be more effort put in by manufacturers, retailers and the government to promote safety measures so that we are not later deprived of using these vehicles. The UK government had recently launched an inquiry before starting their e-scooter trials. Such methods should also be used more often in other countries to ensure a secure riding experience for e-scooter users and pedestrians alike.