E-scooters have taken the globe, nation and even Atlanta by storm. Since the fall of 2017, this convenient form of transportation has popped everywhere there is a need for alternate forms of mobility. But not everyone is aware of the safety risks of riding one, or how to best accommodate these riders in the urban areas.
When they first appeared on the scene, e-scooters were seen as the latest and greatest form of micro-mobility. However, now that their numbers have increased and clogged streets and sidewalks all over the globe, they are not as welcome as they once were. This is mainly due the dangers they pose not only to the riders, but to those sharing the roads and sidewalks with them.
Some cities have gone so far as to claim them a public nuisance. In a few states, there have been several lawsuits filed against e-scooter manufacturers for injuries resulting from faulty brakes and wheels, among other malfunctions. In Atlanta, a recent law was passed that prohibits e-scooter riders from riding or parking the scooters on the sidewalks. Anyone who violates these rules could face a fine of up to $1,000.