Yes. They are borderline miraculous during good weather. It's fun, and you don't arrive sweaty at work.Fantastic last mile solution. I can see why you're excited about them and I hope they catch on here once we resolve some of the issues.
Having visited 4 escooter cities, my opinion is escooters belong on bike infrastructure since their speeds are similar.The big big question seems to be - are they sidewalk friendly? I have no experience but at first glance I would expect e-scooters to coexist with bikes, rather than with pedestrians. The sidewalks should be for people on foot, who don't need to collide with anything that is moving faster. That assumes that we continue to enlarge and improve bike lanes and bikeways, of course - but in theory the speeds would seem to be more compatible and the need for protection from cars (and from pedestrians) is similar
Yes, they're using the gig economy. Rewards for picking up scooters & charging them & bringing them out.From what I have seen on YouTube, residents can sign up to pick up scooters whenever they want and charge them. You get paid a certain amount per bike or per hour charged. Not to sure this is the same everywhere but I will look into it more.
The parking enforcement officers should use the e-scooters. Won't take up street space as they write up and hand out parking tickets. Other police agencies use segways currently.
30 is too fast for safety.As a recreational cyclist, I would like to try these electric scooters one day.
30 km/h is too fast for my liking. It's as if I were biking downhill on a rather steep slope.
What a pain to administer!Just like bicycles, you should need a (vehicle?) license (cheap, cost ~$10) just so rider has greater regard for rules.
For 50+ years we have been putting more and more rules on many things to make things safer - and now we throw them all out. If we as a society really want, let's reduce our level of safety by and order of magnitude and we can accept these new things, and modify the old.What a pain to administer!
And - having a license makes auto drivers obey the rules so thoroughly? Inevitably there will be a system of demerit point, cops issuing warnings etc.
These things are a sea change for mobility, but we can’t put our heads in the sand and limit their use to avoid grappling with change.
The current theory is there will be an age limit of 18, but a prime application for these might well be students (for a relevant case study, consider how the late afternoon hordes on Royal York buses might get to the subway differently wirh folding scooters) (and imagine the impact on a high school if every student needed to recharge their scooter during the day....how many plugs are there in the hallways?)
Only if the automobile manufacturers include a 120 km/h speed delimiter, or better yet a computerized GPS delimiter that restricts the motor vehicle going faster than 10 km/h over the posted speed limit.I think Toronto City council would go with the 20kph speed limiter in the scooter-share services found in Calgary and Edmonton. This gives reasonable speed consistency with bikes.
25kph would be my upper limit. That would work well in Hamilton.