Good luck with your CBR theory exam! My first thought is… I told you so.” When New Yorker lawmakers first started proposing legislation beyond pedal assist e-bikes for NYC, my sense was that the political will was just not there; and that the former opposition to throttle e-bikes was being glossed over, not addressed.
Independent research organization the Dutch Institute for Road Safety Research estimates that moving scooters onto the roadway in Amsterdam and making their drivers Fast Furious scooters Nederland wear helmets will result in 260 fewer accidents per year, the city spokesperson continued (there are about 975 serious but non-fatal crashes in Amsterdam per year).
And New York City, which started seeing extensive traffic in e-bikes about a year ago, has gone from identifying any kind of e-assist bike or scooter as illegal to allowing pedal-assist e-bikes (which require the rider to pedal at all times), but banning so-called throttle e-bikes (which can operate under battery power only and go faster, 20 to 28 mph).
The problem is not the scooters it's the lack of enforcing the rules towards how fast those scooters go and are allowed to go. Because those rules aren't enforced they ban vehicles which by law are allowed to go 25kmph max to a road where traffic drives twice the speed.
Electric scooters dot the urban landscapes of major Spanish cities and the official traffic regulator has prepared new guidelines - but their approval hinges on Spanish politicians forming a new national government after a hung parliament emerged from April's national election.
Second, we would expect injuries to occur - it's not an activity without risk, particularly for reckless people just getting started - and we would also expect the injury rate to be an increase from zero, when the scooters were not around. Belgium is currently mulling a reform that would raise e-scooter speed limits to 25 kph, mirroring e-bikes.
E-scooters are fun: anyone—whether an executive in a suit or a student in jeans—can enjoy feeling like a little kid again. Because e-scooter rides can complement other modes of transportation (especially public transit), aggregating modes into a single app would be more convenient and valuable for consumers.
Instead, it's up to city authorities to decide what to do when a cocky startup dumps a fleet of scooters on its streets (as Bird did in Los Angeles in 2018). In other places, people commuting to work seem to be the principle riders, with much more predictable routes and times.
Helmets are mandatory in Madrid only for those under 16. Yet they are compulsory for everyone in Barcelona, where a 92-year-old died after she was run over by an electric scooter. We want high quality electric scooters to be available for everyone at an affordable fair price.