5 Reasons why we love or hate e-scooters. It could be a bewildering issue for the misinformed. Are you aware that electric scooters have a few monickers like “firestarter”, “knocks down innocent babies”, “menace to commuters”…or “the one-that-should-not-have-existed”? Would you love or hate e-scooters?
To balance things out, these e-scooters are also called “Godsent”, “wonderful invention of the century ”, “ever-available travel buddy”, “all-terrain beast”, and “badass”, to name a few. They provide a convenient and easy way of getting out of standstill traffic jams in highly populated cities that overwhelm commuters daily. Aside from the benefits, there are other distinct advantages like portability, compactness, carry-and-store-anywhere, lightweight, and being environmentally friendly.
To backtrack, who do you think came up with such brilliant or foolhardy ideas? Does anyone know how it evolved – if ever? For those in this lifetime, those who either learned to love or hate electric scooters, the heat is on! This is one piece of trivia that reveals the reasons that will make sense:
An unfortunate mishap that occurred recently involved some fires started by e-scooters that reinforced lawmakers’ stand. But when you come to think of it, electric scooters are inanimate devices. What moves electric scooters and takes them to places are people. Riding responsibly requires mindfulness, focus and alertness, with the owner taking his accountability seriously, and strictly adhering to traffic and road regulations. This also includes what is non-negotiable: following the electric scooter manufacturer’s guidelines to the letter.
During pre-pandemic years, accidents and injuries of various natures were reported. Incidents recorded showed e-scooters ‘zooming’ by a passerby, accompanied by earsplitting, blasting music. And then there were other electric scooters that suddenly zoom into an unsuspecting pedestrian, colliding and causing fractures, falls, bruises, and worse, death ( of in fants and the elderly).
International studies assert, however, that there are about 115 serious injuries per million e-scooter trips, a rate comparable to motorcycles. A study done in 2019 found that e-scooters were ridden illegally on about half of their journeys, and the riders using share schemes were more likely to be reckless and non-compliant. Add to this the lack of proper rider training, ignorance of traffic laws, violating pedestrian-only zones, and weak headlights. Another contributing factor is riding an already defective electric scooter (clones, fake, imported brands, and cheap, generic electric scooters are the culprits.)
Now, you and I know, whether to love or hate e-scooters. There is good and bad in everything. Everything in this world involves risks. Irresponsible actions can wreck consequences that can be irreversible or worse, fatal. Every action has a corresponding reaction. That is why moderation and caution are key. Have fun, responsibly.
Love the freedom, love the convenience, love the adventure. Love the benefit of riding your Mearth electric scooter. Above all, love your safety and others, too. Respect other people’s rights. After all, we are all in this, together.