Rentable public scooters have been deployed in a number of big cities, but they have largely proven divisive among both public safety officials and residents.
In addition to complaints about e-scooters taking up space on sidewalks and being operated in places they’re not allowed, multiple cities have also reported a number of serious injuries that occurred as a result of riding these scooters.
The type of electric scooters being offered as rentals in cities are similar to the small aluminum scooters that were popular among children in the 90s.
There are some important differences, however, including more durable designs and electric assistance, meaning these e-scooters have a throttle and motor for accelerating.
The idea is that cars take up a lot of space, produce noise and, in most cases, emissions.
They also cost more to rent and aren’t available on-demand as quickly as some people would like.