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Electric scooters on collision course with pedestrians and lawmakers

Jul. 19,2018

By Jim Sallis, UC San Diego via The Conversation

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

 

Electric scooters / electric skateboard / electric kick scooter are appearing in many major cities across the country, bringing fun to riders, profits to scooter makers — and lots of potential risks to walkers and riders.

 

San Diego, where I live, is at the forefront of the proliferation of electric rideables, and as a physical activity researcher I am an interested observer. Recently, I was enjoying a stroll on the boardwalk when a couple of electric scooters zoomed past. As I saw a young girl start walking across the boardwalk, another scooter zipped by, and I could tell it would not be able to stop in time. The young woman riding the scooter was able to act quickly. Instead of crashing into the girl at full speed, she fell down with the scooter and slid to a stop. There was a crash and minor injuries to the rider, but a tragedy was avoided.

 

I consider this event a warning about the dangers posed by the electric vehicles that have rapidly become commonplace on local boardwalks and sidewalks. An online search will reveal many reports of injuries. A Dallas woman went to the emergency room for head injuries the week of July 9, and officials in Nashville are considering legislation there that would require registration for scooters.

 

Several issues emerge from this new mode of transportation, including whether riders should be required to wear helmets and whether the vehicles should be allowed on sidewalks. And, should drivers be permitted to use them while under the influence?

 

Electric scooter brings funnny, but when you enjioy it, please learn to protect yourself.

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