Why Are Public Electric Scooters Liked And Disliked?

Pros and cons on electric scooters designed for the public.

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Two people riding a Lime electric scooter in France.

By: Quan Nguyen , Journalist

Ridesharing scooters have made an appearance in cities across Europe and the U.S since at least 2020 and have quickly made a public appearance for themselves in both good and bad manners. Multitudes of scooters have been vandalized during the time they’ve been active. One notable incident was when a Fort Lauderdale man cut the brake lines on over 90 scooters throughout the city.

Electric scooters have drawn attention and headlines because of their environmental friendliness, but also their hazard to pedestrians as well as inexperienced riders who may not know proper safety procedures. So, what are the pros and cons of electric scooters?

Pros:

  • Electric scooters don’t produce emissions and are safer on side streets and sidewalks
  • They can also be used without much experience, as scooters are relatively familiar to most people.

Cons:

  • Electric scooters can be dangerous to their high speed, especially without a helmet
  • Inexperienced riders may crash the scooter or otherwise injure themselves during usage
  • Electric scooters are vulnerable to vandalism and theft without protection (as they are in sharing services)

Of course, this doesn’t change that scooter ridesharing services are still massively popular; Lime, the largest company of those currently existing, is 1.4 billion.

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