With the recent fine weather these things are everywhere around the city and not just ridden everywhere but abandoned everywhere.
They appeared first in the late Autumn but there are now three companies renting out these scooters.
Initially there was some debate about scooters being legal on the public road; then questions about the possible dangers of relatively fast scooters mixing with bikes on the cycle lanes and pedestrians on footpaths and, more recently, complaints about scooters blocking footpaths when they are left at the end of the hire.
Now, in one national paper, comes a more interesting controversy. The scooters are promoted as not just enabling people to get around easily and quickly and independently but that, powered by batteries, they are ecological good … if you assume that someone abandons a car journey and goes by scooter … before abandoning the scooter. The problem seems to be that the scooters, or at least the first ones, were designed for use indoors and were for individuals so presumably that means not built for continuous or frequent use and not designed for, shall we say, robust use, rented out.
The average life for one of these scooters is said to be between 60 and 90 days so, when taking into account the manufacturing costs of materials and energy and so on, then that is hardly a sustainable 'wheel' print.
To be fair, much of the problem is with the user rather than the scooter. Properly regulated and used sensibly these could provide one solution for getting from metro and suburban train hubs into and around the city and do actually take up less space than a bike when parked properly … it will be interesting to see how this works out but at the moment it is looking more and more likely that the politicians will act first and bring in a ban.
earlier post nice parking
Udlejningsløbehjul? That's the Danish word for rental scooters