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Uber Destroys Thousands of E-Scooters and Bikes After Lime Deal

Published on May 29, 2020 at 7:36 am in Electric Scooters.

Uber has scrapped thousands of electric scooters and bikes after selling its Jump unite to the e-scooter company Lime earlier this month. The destroyed vehicles were older models that Lime did not want.

Footage of the red Jump e-bikes being destroyed at a North Carolina recycling center was shared on May 27 on Twitter. Bike enthusiasts around the world expressed their anger and questioned why the vehicles could not have been donated.

Belgian Study Shows E-Scooter Hospitalization Rate

Published on May 28, 2020 at 7:29 am in Electric Scooters.

According to a new joint study by the road safety institute VIAS and five Belgian hospitals, an e-scooter rider is hospitalized on average once per week, with common injuries including broken jaws and head trauma.

In the majority of accidents, the e-scooter rider was the only person involved. Typically, they were inexperienced or first-time riders between the ages of 20 and 40 years old. In addition to broken jaws and head injuries, other common injuries included fractured wrists and lesions to the abdomen resulting from the impact to the belly against the scooter’s steering wheel.

Salt Lake City Struggles to Establish E-Scooter Policies

Published on May 14, 2020 at 7:22 am in Electric Scooters.

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E-scooters became available in Salt Lake City over two years ago. From then until now, the city has been in the process of instituting new rules to govern the use of the rentable scooters; however, recent meetings show that those laws are no closer to fruition.

Current proposals have been under construction for well over a year. The council addressed the matter at a meeting on May 5, but asked for further work from the administration of Mayor Erin Mendenhall to better determine how to handle contracts with e-scooter vendors.

Cincinnati Requests Improvements From E-Scooter Companies

Published on Apr 21, 2020 at 7:16 am in Electric Scooters.

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While e-scooters are currently off Cincinnati streets because of the coronavirus pandemic, the city is currently working on contracts with two companies for when stay-at-home orders are lifted.

According to a memo from the city manager, Bird and Lime submitted the best proposals for providing e-scooter services in Cincinnati. Both companies had been operating under interim agreements—which are set to expire June 30.

E-Scooters and E-Bikes Legalized in New York

Published on Apr 6, 2020 at 7:16 am in Electric Scooters.

Lawmakers in New York have legalized e-bikes and e-scooters as part of the Fiscal Year 2021 Budget. The new legislation includes safety measures and requirements to ensure riders are as safe as possible while operating the micro-mobility vehicles.

The measure is focused on making it easier for frontline workers and delivery drivers to get around using e-scooters. They will no longer have to worry about fines and penalties. Because of the lack of legislation, workers using e-bikes and electric scooters have been fined more than one million dollars and have had their vehicles confiscated in recent years.