Scooting into the emergency ward
In case it’s passed you by, scooters are a hit new mode of transport in a number of American cities. You book one with an app, and just pick it up off the street to scoot wherever you need to go. You may have similar bike services in your city, but scooters are more lightweight and operators can leave more on the streets than they can bikes.
Investors see these scooters as a way to profit on journeys too short for most people to justify booking an Uber. It’s no surprise that Uber and Lyft have got themselves into the scooter game, then.
But these injuries show that maybe app-booked electric scooters aren’t the wonder transport some in the tech world believe.
From BuzzFeed’s report:
“Some scooter victims are seeking legal representation. Personal injury attorney Catherine Lerer of the firm McGee Lerer in Santa Monica has taken on approximately 10 clients with scooter injuries such as a broken leg, a broken tooth, a torn rotator cuff, or a broken foot.”
In other words, there’s a tricky future ahead for scooter operators.
These scooters are currently illegal to use in public spaces in the UK, because they count as ‘powered transporters.’
That means my home country will be spared this particular tech craze. I’ll stick with my occasional Mobike
hops across Manchester city centre. And it’s hard to see how other countries can make these scooters any safer than they already are(n’t).
Like other 'powered transporters’ before them – think hoverboards and Segways – perhaps the craze will be over as soon as it began.