Electric scooters have become increasingly popular in recent years, but they are not without their detractors. Some people don't like electric scooters due to the high number of ride-sharing services that have sprung up across the country. Additionally, some younger riders tend to be reckless, which can be a nuisance for pedestrians. This is a much bigger problem than people leaving them in bad places.
Most streets in Los Angeles don't have bike lanes, and riding a motorcycle on the street can be dangerous, so you're often forced to ride on the sidewalk, which can be annoying and hazardous for everyone involved. Even if they are left in bad places, it's not really an issue. The scooters I've seen on the internet don't look like much of a problem. It only takes two seconds to move them or go around them.
Despite complaints that electric scooters go too fast, clutter sidewalks, or cause accidents, they are much smaller than cars, quiet, and environmentally friendly. I never ride electric scooters on roads as it seems too dangerous, and I haven't seen anyone else do it either. If electric scooters could replace cars on the road, it would make them safer and create a true mobility revolution. When people ride electric scooters, they tend to fall in love with them.
Despite companies such as Lime, Bird, Uber and Lyft having an increasingly aggressive reaction against electric scooters, micromobility solutions such as electric scooters are part of a major transportation revolution. Lime recently promised to switch its operating vehicles to 100% electric vehicles by 2030 and signed a commitment with 75 international companies to boost the deployment of electric vehicles. Riders surveyed in Denver largely approved of electric scooters, with 55% of those surveyed saying they “love” or “like” them. Research by the Lufthansa Innovation Center suggests that the average emissions of spring-less electric scooters are higher than those of trains, buses, electric bicycles, electric cars and hybrids and even gasoline scooters.
However, electric scooters seem to be involved with fewer injuries than walking and just a little more than riding a bicycle for an average year. As roadblocks are lifted and people avoid public transportation, electric scooters (electric powered foot scooters) are becoming more popular. Surveys show less than 50% support for electric scooters among those surveyed who still haven't tried one yet. However, urban commuters have generally become accustomed to electric scooters in overwhelming numbers.