They’re low cost. They’re simple. And for a lot of – they’re in the best way. Prior to now two years, electrical scooters have caught many cities off-balance.
Journalist Clive Thompson wrote about it for Smithsonian Magazine:
However the kudzu-like development of scooters has additionally tangled city life. Metropolis officers complain the corporations don’t handle the conduct of riders, who’re usually not speculated to trip on sidewalks however often do, enraging pedestrians (and generally plowing into them). Riders are additionally speculated to park scooters neatly upright, however when some are inevitably strewn about on sidewalks, they turn into an impediment. And on America’s badly maintained roads, fast-moving scooters aren’t terribly secure, and the businesses don’t present helmets with every trip. Hitting a bump or pothole can ship riders flying, knocking out enamel and even inflicting traumatic head accidents.
We discover out who’s being taken for a trip — and who’s left on the aspect of the highway.
This present was produced by Kathryn Fink and Emmanuel Johnson in partnership with Smithsonian Magazine.