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E-Scooters: The Future Of Green Urban Transport Or A Public Health Hazard?

E-Scooters have been the talk of green urban transport since the mid 2010's, being encouraged by climate change groups to replace urban roads previously taken up by cars.

But the public's support for E-Scooters ends there, according to recent polls and data.

Private E-Scooter ownership has been restricted to those holding appropriate licenses following numerous incidents between 2020 and present day of owners irresponsibly riding them in the green-targeted urban areas.

E-Scooters along with bikes are now being seen as a public inconvenience, following many near misses between riders and the general public.

But number the riders and/or members of the general public who do get hit and injured, has risen sharply in 2 years.

In 2020, 516 injuries due to E-Scooter crashes were reported to the NHS.

In 2021, 886 injuries due to E-Scooter crashes were reported to the NHS.

In 2022 so far, roughly 172 injuries due to E-Scooter crashes have been reported to the NHS.

Injures sustained in these needless accidents include:

Internal Bleeding.

Broken Bones.

Sprained Ankles and Wrists.

Chipped, Broken, and Missing Teeth.

Deep Cuts.

Concussions.

Comas.

Paralysis.

Brain Damage.

Severed Fingers.

Broken and Dislocated Jaws.

Broken Noses.

And tragically for 931 individuals, death.

Teenagers have only exasperated the problem, with many injures and deaths happening to them as a result of callus riding, doing "Sick Tricks" in public areas with the E-Scooters, and having more than one person riding on the E-Scooter at a time.

The NHS reported that each E-Scooter injury, per patient, costs the health service between £1,000 ($1,300) and £10,000 ($13,000), depending on the injury(s) sustained.

E-Scooters don't just injure and kill pedestrians and riders alike, but they're also littered everywhere.

Outside of the proper charging stations they've been found hanging in trees, dismounted in the middle of busy side walks, abandoned on the side of roads, parked in spaces reserved for cars, submerged in rivers and canals, left in the lobbies of apartment and office buildings, laying in people's yards, illegally parked in emergency service reserved spaces, dropped at the reception areas in restaurants, blocking entry to narrow pathways and public bathrooms, cast away in ally ways, and blocking up bus stops just to name a few.

Pedestrians have reported tripping over improperly placed E-Scooters, giving them a shock or injuring them requiring surgery.

The government has taken steps to avoid all this from happening, like the aforementioned regulations on private E-Scooter ownership along with introducing special E-Scooter speed limits and making them use bike lanes unless there are none in the area.

It's not just the UK suffering from E-Scooter problems, in Norway a 68 year old from Oslo was killed after an E-Scooter accident and in California a woman was killed in Ocean Beach after her E-Scooter crashed into a moving car. 


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