With Meghna Chakrabarti
electric scooters are the new biggest thing on two wheels. They appear in cities across the country, but not without controversy.
Callum Borchers reporter for the innovation economy in Boston for member WBUR. ()
Sanjay Dastor CEO and co-founder of electric transport companies Skip Scooters and Boosted Boards. ()
Adam Stephens Deputy District Attorney of Milwaukee. As part of a federal lawsuit against Bird Rides Inc. for refusing to remove bird scooters from public roads and hire rental businesses.
Susan Shaheen Professor and co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley. (19659008) From the Reading List
Vox : "Sudden Invasion of American Electric Scooters into American Cities Explained" – "Hundreds of motorized electric scooters apparently entered San Francisco overnight in March
" and then one day they were gone in June.
"In the months leading up to their rapture, the unsettled scooters, nebulous and angry residents, puzzled those who dared try them out, discovering a bizarre and cheap way to get around." The riders saw a swarm of locusts on sidewalks and The city was panicked and ordered to remove all scooters until a permit procedure could be presented.
"San Francisco is a microcosm of promise and danger the scooter rush. Roller companies are already operating in 65 cities and fighting for the grand prize, New York City. However, some city officials are desperately trying to stem and regulate scooters, which often appear without warning and without local input.
WBUR : "Spirit Rollers Add Mystery Between Bird and Cambridge" – "Electric scooters from Bird Rides, Inc. can still be rented one week after the deadline for leaving the city in Cambridge. Whether the scooters can be found is another matter.
WBUR has found more than two dozen "ghost" scooters in Bird's smartphone app this week within three days – or rather not found not exist in real life. Other users had the same problem.
Milwaukee Business Journal : "Milwaukee's lawsuit against the scooter startup Bird moves to federal court" – "The city of Milwaukee's lawsuit against the electric scooter business, which started in Milwaukee two weeks ago, was transferred to a federal court [LawyersforBirdRidesIncvotedtopostponethelawsuitincourtonJuly12accordingtoMilwaukeeCountydocumentsonedayinfrontofSantaMonicaCaliforniaThecompanyshouldappearatapreliminaryhearinginfrontofMilwaukeeCountyCourt19659015] in which the city filed an application against Bird and ordered the company to remove their motorized scooters from public roads and walkways and discontinue their rental business in the city. "
Washington Post :" The electric scooters that swarm our city "We will not solve our commuter affairs" – "What we really want is jetpacks and flying cars, okay?"
"We must Georg e Jetson and Marty McFly has freed himself from our traffic and commuter catastrophe. Tram, Mag-Lev, even a reliable subway would work.
"The electric scooters are raving about our city this summer?
" Not the answer.
"They are like, what happens when my son took fifth place in the Urban Planning Commission and PeeWee Herman was its chairman.
" Do not get me wrong. I tried the scooters and they are totally funny, cheap and effective. They're the perfect response to a sweaty, five-block walk between meetings in Downtown DC
"But many of the approximately 65 US cities – from Washington to San Francisco – are confused as to what they can do with the traffic traffic novice: Should the scooters be regulated like cars? Bicycles or pedestrians? "