PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania. Major cities like San Francisco have been the site of many new innovations. The rise of electric scooters in San Francisco has left some wondering whether the new technology is a benefit or a bane. Regardless of what you think about electric scooters, they are coming to a city near you. According to the Pittsburgh City Paper, electric scooters are now available in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The scooters are available for rent on the East End, Downtown, the North Shore, and the South Side.
While proponents of scooters celebrate them as an ecologically-friendly way to get around the city, critics claim that they clutter streets and sidewalks, posing a risk not only to pedestrians, but to drivers and bicyclists. Worse, riders of electric scooters may not be experienced in operating these vehicles, meaning that they can pose a real risk to their own safety.
Yet, are electric scooters really all that dangerous? According to the Atlantic, over 30,000 people die in car accidents every year. While San Francisco initially banned electric scooters until it could better regulate them, the real question remains—are they safer or more dangerous than cars?
It appears that the criticism of scooters has less to do with real dangers and more to do with the fact that these vehicles alter the flow of traffic on already cluttered roads. The problem may have less to do with the danger the scooters pose and more to do with problems cities might be having in designing roads for multiple road users. As cities become denser, we are likely to see more pedestrian, bike, and yes, scooter traffic. How will cities respond to these changes?
Improved city design is key. Already we have seen cases where cities in Europe reworked how pedestrians, bikers, cars, and scooters used the roads and they have seen immense improvement in terms of rider and driver safety.
For many, the biggest complaint is that riders leave scooters on sidewalks and in roadways. This can clutter streets and sidewalks and pose a hazard to road and sidewalk users, in addition to creating accessibility issues for disabled sidewalk users. Yet, many believe these challenges can be overcome. The road to the future might be traveled by bike or scooter.
Have you ridden an electric scooter? Would you ride one? The presence of electric scooters in Pittsburgh is likely to create new personal injury cases. Goodrich and Associates, P.C. are personal injury lawyers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania who are closely watching these developments. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a scooter accident, consider reaching out to our firm at http://www.goodrichpc.com/ to learn more about your options and rights. The hope is that riders will be safe using these new modes of transportation, but new modes of transportation create new and unforeseen challenges. Goodrich and Associates, P.C. is here to help our community meet them, and address them.
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