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Austin Transportation Establishes E-Scooter Parking Stations

Published on Jun 30, 2020 at 7:28 am in Electric Scooters.

Austin Transportation is taking steps to test the usability of universal e-scooter parking and charging stations in downtown Austin and other high scooter traffic areas. The universal stations are being provided by Swiftmile Inc. The no-cost pilot project will last for six months.

While these devices offer an inexpensive and green means of transportation, the companies that provide them often offer little in the way of storage. In the past, e-scooters have cluttered sidewalks and been left in potentially dangerous places. As a result, it’s not uncommon to hear about pedestrian accidents related to e-scooters.

L.A. Lawsuit Argues Collection of E-Scooter Location Data Is Unconstitutional

Published on Jun 9, 2020 at 10:57 am in Electric Scooters.

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The ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation have filed a lawsuit against Los Angeles, claiming e-scooter and bike riders should have the freedom to travel without being tracked. They believe the collection of location data is unconstitutional.

The Mobility Data Specification system, which was created by the Los Angeles Department of Transportation in 2018, is the subject of scrutiny. The system gathers an array of data on the use of shared mobility services, including scooters, bikes, mopeds, and carshares.

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.