Electric scooters have taken over the streets of Polish cities. Became an indispensable means of transport to work or school. They are futuristic and ecological, what else do we know about them?
Are scooter drivers supposed to move like pedestrians on sidewalks, like cyclists on bike paths or on the road together with cars? It turns out that most choose the option that is convenient for them. This causes quite a bit of chaos on the roads. Especially drivers of cabs and city buses complain about it, who have to keep their eyes open every day for oncoming soundless unicycles
Interestingly, according to the Traffic Department of the Capital Police Headquarters, anyone driving a scooter is considered a pedestrian. Thus, he should move on the sidewalk. However, the company Lime (scooter supplier) in its regulations states that riding on the sidewalk is prohibited. Lack of knowledge or unwillingness to obey the rules makes people driving scooters literally everywhere. Some choose bike lanes, others sidewalks, and some want to stand on the same level as a car. Hence, more and more often you hear about accidents involving a scooter.
Probably one of the biggest downsides to the introduction of electric scooters into everyday use. Walking down the boardwalk a decade ago, you’d encounter a few bikes at most. Today, you can’t do without dodging a scooter every few steps. They are simply everywhere. This is a direct result of the lack of docking stations or parking for this equipment in large cities. Drivers are not guilty of this, they are obliged to leave Lime equipment where they want it, so that someone else can use it. It doesn’t look very aesthetically pleasing though – as they are everywhere. You’ll find them in the middle of the sidewalk, at a pedestrian crossing or on the lawn
One more very important point to remember. Electric scooters left in different places are a great danger for blind and visually impaired people
Can we talk about a revolution? Rather not. Mobility scooters are somewhat simpler tool to get around than a traditional bicycle. It is a simple, fast and ecological means of transport for the 21st century. There is still a long way before scooter drivers, manufacturers and city authorities to come to terms with the regulations or leaving the equipment after riding a designated route. In modern transportation it is worth to be careful, especially being a car driver in a big city.