Paris bans e-scooters from sidewalks, citing rise in accidents

France will ban electric powered scooters from its sidewalks from September, after locals grew frustrated with the cars congesting public areas and inflicting an enlarge in accidents.
Paris and different cities have grow to be domestic to hundreds of e-scooters since their introduction just a year ago, with a number of groups operating scooter-sharing systems in the capital.
But their use has triggered tensions with residents, and France’s transport minister admitted they have resulted in accidents.
“The development of these (scooters) was very speedy and a little anarchic. We did not see it coming and it grew to be the law of the jungle,” Elisabeth Borne informed Le Parisien. “And it is true that we are seeing an amplify in accidents and however additionally an increasing sense of unease on our pavements.”
Borne introduced riders will be fined one hundred thirty five euros ($150) from September if they use e-scooters on sidewalks.
“Our essential objective is that pedestrians no longer walk the pavements in worry of getting run down,” she said, adding that operators were themselves calling for “good practice rules” and for clarifications about how the automobiles could be used.
US start-up Lime, which manages an e-scooter community in various cities and permits people to lease the motorsvia an app, has aggressively entered the European market in the past year, with Paris as one of its flagship locations. It has been  followed by businesses including Tier, Bird and Uber offshoot Jump.
But questions have been raised over the security of the products, and until now this week, a noticeablyanticipated US find out about observed specifically excessive quotes of accidents among new riders.
One in three injured riders were harm on their first day out and about 63% had ridden instances or fewer before their injury, the learn about from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Texas’ Austin Public Health Department found. The researchers concluded that extra coaching may additionally be essential for e-scooter riders.

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