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To think e-scooters are really dangerous?

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Notcontent Wed 24-Jun-20 11:23:27

It’s currently illegal to use e-scooters anywhere other than on private land but there seems to be a growing number of them, particularly since the lockdown - at least in my part of London. What worries me is that they can go quite fast and there are a lot of teens/young guys going on them on footpaths, very fast in quite a reckless manner.

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GetUpAgain Wed 24-Jun-20 11:24:58

Yanbu, and sad to say it is likely to get worse as there are trials planned for making rented e scooters legal in certain places....

Aroundtheworldin80moves Wed 24-Jun-20 11:31:16

We were in Berlin last summer where there were thousands of them. They were banned in pedestrian areas- you could use them on the road or in cycle lanes. The difference is that Berlin, like many German cities, is covered in cycle lanes. It was a very convenient beat to travel.

Rebelwithallthecause Wed 24-Jun-20 11:34:50

I’m cities like Berlin and Copenhagen they are used in set places with laws in place and it feels safe

I wouldn’t want to ride one in Uk . It would not feel safe enough.
I would not want to come up against one being used as a pedestrian either

Macncheeseballs Wed 24-Jun-20 11:49:34

Anything that gets people around with using cars is a good thing. I'd imagine they're safer than many forms of transport

Macncheeseballs Wed 24-Jun-20 11:49:53

*without using cars

violetscone Wed 24-Jun-20 11:52:04

I can’t get my head around these - the name just makes me think they must be virtual

< misses point of thread >

Davros Wed 24-Jun-20 11:57:01

While they are not legal they are dangerous. With some restrictions put in place they may work but not now

safariboot Wed 24-Jun-20 12:00:28

I think it's well overdue we make small electric vehicles legal and regulated. Light touch - I'm thinking speed, power, and weight limits but not restricting form. Technology is innovating and our laws are stuck in the fossil fuel age.

LaurieFairyCake Wed 24-Jun-20 12:02:46

We're bound to do it UTTERLY SHIT in this country hmm

We can't even keep people on bikes off PAVEMENTS !

I've nearly got run over dozens of times by bikes and scooters in London - and the roads were bloody empty

Soubriquet Wed 24-Jun-20 12:04:14

I actually have one

I use it to get to work and back (which is a round trip of around 8 miles)

It works well for me, but I don’t think they are suitable for children really. They can be really powerful

contrmary Wed 24-Jun-20 12:14:54

You should need to be insured and have a licence to ride an e-scooter (and a bicycle for that matter). As with cars, if they are used recklessly or carelessly they can cause serious injuries or kill.

Stuckforthefourthtime Wed 24-Jun-20 12:19:02

Yes, they're dangerous in our current setup. But I wish that the many people who get so upset about electric scooters and bikes (or bikes generally) would focus more of their anger on the cars that kill far more people, cause far more pollution and take up far more space, often in cities where alternative transport would be far more manageable if only we could reduce numbers of cars and build proper cycle/scooter lanes.

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