Why electric scooters are illegal in New York and London



Spend any time in New York or London and you’ll come across dozens of people whizzing along each city’s streets on electric scooters. Yet, despite their …

49 thoughts on “Why electric scooters are illegal in New York and London

  • November 25, 2019 at 2:00 pm
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    Are e-scooters popular where you are? Do you want to see more, or less?

  • November 25, 2019 at 7:58 pm
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    The scooters are amazing but don’t know why you would use the shared scooters. They charge a fortune, yet the scooters themselves are relatively affordable to buy outright.

  • November 25, 2019 at 8:17 pm
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    I ride my electric scooter and police always see me and dont say anything
    And I live in Brooklyn new york

  • November 25, 2019 at 8:21 pm
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    yeah more batteries. more enrironmental destruction. there are mountains of e-bike graveyards. cool lets pollute more. lets destroy more. mechenical only vehicles ugh. nasty sweaty work. bunga bunga

  • November 25, 2019 at 8:26 pm
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    The scooters in Austin are insufferable, I see like 1-2 crashes a week

  • November 25, 2019 at 9:04 pm
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    It's an awful mess in Paris. They used to ride on the pavement, but now it's forbidden and you will be fined. I wish they just didn't exist.

  • November 25, 2019 at 9:09 pm
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    The Biggest Point you touched upon is the – “City Infrastructure”

  • November 25, 2019 at 9:12 pm
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    Lol, so much for curving climate change by get more people out of cars and into electric transportation.
    There're will be accidents with ANY form of transportation.
    Liberal logic… mind blow!

  • November 25, 2019 at 9:25 pm
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    And the funny part is, The Netherlands is made for bicycles, the roads are nice…but our government is also way behind with the laws and regulations. Scooters, Onewheels and Boosted Boards are still not allowed.

  • November 25, 2019 at 9:26 pm
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    They are the absolute worst I despise them. They are left in the middle of the street, broken all the time, ridden by 2 people at once, ridden at speed without helmets and ridden so dangerously.

    They should be banned in all cities

  • November 25, 2019 at 9:45 pm
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    I think the problem with scooters and their riders (and why there's so many accidents) is that so many scooter riders don't hold a driver's licence. Without a driver's licence they simply don't know how to behave on the roads in a way that's safe for them and everyone else, or have the intuition to do blind spot checks and general spatial awareness. Saying this as a cyclist who can see the same issue with cyclists who have never held a licence.

  • November 25, 2019 at 10:09 pm
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    the sound in the background sounds like a phone on vibrate

  • November 25, 2019 at 10:22 pm
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  • November 25, 2019 at 10:44 pm
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    Living in Berlin and only can hope they ban the scooter's soon.

  • November 25, 2019 at 10:50 pm
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    I live in Bristol, and owned an e-scooter. Everytime I see a police car driving by I stepped down and pretend it is a normal scooter. Works for me

  • November 25, 2019 at 10:58 pm
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    They may take our rides but they will never take our FREEDOM

  • November 25, 2019 at 11:36 pm
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    Its really about the particular city's infrastructure, if there are clear roads and bike lanes for PEVs to be used on they are fantastic. Here in Helsinki they were a bit chaotic at first, but etiquette has quickly developed around where they should be ridden, bike lanes and slow roads. Where to park, around metro stations, shopping malls and grocery stores, and when possible next to bike racks. Laws limit the rentable ones to a fastish jogging pace which while difficult to maintain on foot without getting winded still allows one to very safely bail on the scooter when hitting a pothole.

    Only privately owned PEVs can go faster and helmets are highly encouraged all around. The rentable scooters seem to have fit in next to the pre-existing city sponsored shared bikes and a lot of the etiquette has crossed over. People actually carry helmets when intending to commute using one of these.

    There are also clear laws around electrically powered vehicles and they very sensibly are given a power limit below which they may be used like bikes and above which they are only to be used on roads.

    We are in the middle of a shift in transport culture, social norms and etiquette will only come with time, but hating on them because some people use them "for evil" so to speak is unreasonable.

  • November 25, 2019 at 11:37 pm
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    it was also banned in Jakarta following an accident that led to the deaths of 2.

  • November 25, 2019 at 11:57 pm
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    Still kind of hard to see how NYC Midtown can allow for Lime and the like. It actually has somewhat of a functional mass transit system for one, unlike a lot of other American cities. Roadside real estate is expensive and scarce as is, really will have to limit the number of scooters in that area.

  • November 26, 2019 at 12:14 am
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    1:37 would you look at that an old alfa Romeo spider in new York that's not something you see everyday

  • November 26, 2019 at 12:15 am
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    same here in Jakarta, e-scooters are facing problems with regulations.

  • November 26, 2019 at 12:23 am
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    I love I've seen must of these topics on The Verge videos covered on South Park episodes before

  • November 26, 2019 at 12:29 am
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    …and in Toronto as well (same with those e-skateboards)

  • November 26, 2019 at 1:18 am
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    If your city has a bicycle lane, then share it with the e scooters, as for accident on e scooters, you can’t avoid accidents from happening when you ride any vehicles whether be manned powered or electric, accidents are accidents it all depends on the riders awareness when riding on the city roads.

  • November 26, 2019 at 2:29 am
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    i need to steal one so i can turn it into my private scooter they dump them into many states why not steal one if u hate them

  • November 26, 2019 at 4:23 am
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    " So Electric Scooters Are Banned, But Not Electric Bikes?

  • November 26, 2019 at 4:55 am
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    The writing is on the wall. Scooters will eventually come to both these places. You can only hold back progress for so long.

  • November 26, 2019 at 5:25 am
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    jakarta’s gov just banned them today, somebody died bcs of that

  • November 26, 2019 at 5:46 am
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    Jakarta recently banned electric scooter as well

  • November 26, 2019 at 6:19 am
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    The weird thing isnt e scooters. Its that these rental companies for bikes and the like still think they can make money despite the massive massive massive vandalism

  • November 26, 2019 at 6:40 am
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    Been riding an electric unicycle for the past couple of years here in the UK. Luckily have only had thumbs up from the police so far. Recently tried my first e-scooter in Brisbane and I gotta say it’s a really fun way to get around. A bit expensive though!

  • November 26, 2019 at 7:02 am
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    Exactly as it should be.
    A clean efficient practical mode of transport should not be allowed in cities where you have large amounts of people trying to get around and go about their business.
    They should enforce a law so that only petrol scooters are allowed or ban them completely so that the numbers of cars increase because that has been proven to work brilliantly.
    They should also scrap cycle lanes and create Hummer lanes for an all round healthier environment for all.

  • November 26, 2019 at 7:23 am
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    In Germany they are actually considered (in a legal perspective) as bikes!

  • November 26, 2019 at 8:23 am
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    These public scooters are everywhere where i live. They are a hazard imo, there is no law around having to wear helmets even though there is for cycles and most of these scooters go much faster than most cyclists. They appear to be useful but also a novelty at this stage as do some peoples attitudes to the road rules when they are using them. They are much harder to see, particularly when backing out of a drive and they are speeding along the footpath/sidewalk. There have already been multiple incidents in my city but they still fall into a grey area when discussing the laws around the nature of their use.

  • November 26, 2019 at 9:38 am
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    If you want less cars and greener-ish transport, they'll have to allow electric scooters.

  • November 26, 2019 at 10:50 am
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    Yeah, electric scooter killed 2 people recently in indonesia, because they are riding beside the road, and drunk car driver crash them. RIP for both of them who killed.

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