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BALTIMORE, Md. — Across the country, the recent onslaught of electric scooters has been compared to a foreign invasion crafted by millennials. The long-necked robots on wheels, lurking in clumsy packs on street corners, are either really loved — or deeply hated.
Riders in Baltimore have praised them as affordable, eco-friendly and easy to use.
“I’d give the scooters an ‘A.’ I like having another option,” said D’Ante Kane, a Baltimore rider. “The bus takes so long during rush hour that it’s easier to just hop on a scooter.”
The popularity of e-scooters has seemingly boomed from a West Coast fad to a national phenomenon. According to a report released by the Baltimore Department of Transportation, e-scooters are available in about 180 cities nationwide. But the fast-growing trend has raised alarms across the country that the scooters are clogging up sidewalks and putting the lives of the riders and pedestrians at risk
The concerns were amplified last month when a rider was hit by a car and killed in Nashville. The mayor of the city, David Briley, wants an outright ban of the devices, saying that many users are so reckless they are making the streets unsafe.
“We have seen the public safety and accessibility costs that these devices inflict, and it is not fair to our residents for this to continue,” the mayor tweeted last week.
It’s not just a problem in Nashville. Several cities across the country — including Aspen, Colo., West Hollywood, Calif., and Columbia, S.C. — have imposed some type of ban on them because of the risks involved.
Andrea Kramer, who works near the Baltimore Harbor, says the electric scooters may have been a cool idea, but now they are getting in the way of everything.
“I’ve seen them thrown into the Harbor,” said Kramer. “The city really needs to intervene before someone before someone gets hurt.”
Some experts, however, say they are a great way to reduce the number of cars on the road.
Transportation experts deem e-scooters as the urban solution to micro-mobility. Meg Young, the Shared Mobility Coordinator for the Baltimore Department of Transportation, said the goal of e-scooter programs is to increase access and provide more sustainable active transportation options for people.
Today, I notified Nashville’s seven scooter companies of my decision to end the pilot period and ban e-scooters from our streets. We have seen the public safety and accessibility costs that these devices inflict, and it is not fair to our residents for this to continue. pic.twitter.com/1IBmZRsRgF
— Mayor David Briley (@MayorBriley) June 21, 2019
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