Don't blame scooters. Blame the streets.

  • Published on:  9/18/2018
  • The sidewalks were never meant for this.

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    We teamed up with the University of California to explain one of the hottest trends of 2018: dockless electric scooters.

    You can see more from University of California in our YouTube series Climate Lab:

    You can also read University of California's write-up on the video above here: https://www.universityofcalifornia.ed...

    They’re one of many ‘micro-mobility’ innovations rocketing through the transportation sector.

    Even in cities with exceptional public transportation coverage, gaps persist. This is a decades old problem, often referred to as ‘the last mile/first mile.’ Cities traditionally address the last mile problem by expanding bus routes. But as cities continue to populate while transportation dept budgets dwindle, the patience of commuters is running dry. So scooters, electric skateboards, and pedal assist bikes have become an increasingly popular option for city residents.

    These innovations, while quite popular, also draw the ire of the oft-beleaguered sidewalk pedestrian. The past century of development prioritized car transportation, often at the expense of wide sidewalks that were once bustling with life. So the planners of today are taking a page out of history to prepare for a brave new world of alternative transportation.

    If you’d like to learn more about the deal with scooters in your city, I recommend following Curbed. You should start with this write-up by Alissa Walker:

    Here’s a closer look at the survey data on the popularity of scooters:

    Here’s Sarah Kaufman on the push to regulate scooters in cities:

    Here’s a NACTO write-up on what future complete streets could look like.

    And, just for fun, here’s that Library of Congress footage of San Francisco’s Market Street: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out

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  • Vox
    Vox  2 months ago+45

    If you’d like to learn more about the deal with scooters in your city, I recommend following Curbed. This piece by Alissa Walker inspired this video:

  • Alex Landherr
    Alex Landherr 13 hours ago

    It’s one heck of a problem in Stockholm.

  • Jaydaytoday Jayjay

    Total Bull. They shrink two lanes of street to one. just to accommodate the 1% that might walk or bike. Here they call it road diet and all it did was make huge line of cars and triple the time it takes to cross the intersection while maybe one person in a bike crosses. SMH

  • safer doolie
    safer doolie yesterday

    oh god forbid you had to walk a freaking mile... wow.

  • Jakub W
    Jakub W yesterday

    This weekend me and my friends had to call an ambulance because some drunk guy almost killed himself with one of these around midnight. Massive head injury.

  • Rolf W
    Rolf W yesterday

    Oakland is the "wild west" when it comes to these scooters. They are running red lights, speeding on sidewalks, and more. I've almost been hit a few times.

  • Christopher Kim
    Christopher Kim yesterday

    2 billion dollar evaluation of a scooter company??? I’m gonna say without a doubt that there’s a tech bubble.

  • petrol devo
    petrol devo yesterday

    I don't blame the scooter or the streets, I blame the idiot driver.....

  • DrDewott
    DrDewott yesterday

    Meanwhile these "scooters" are banned in my country due to them being classified as "Mopeds" according to the law, and they don't live up to the requirements of said mopeds. We'll just stick to bikes thank you

  • De Moe chan
    De Moe chan yesterday

    They are everywhere in Stockholm

  • Lxp
    Lxp 2 days ago

    just skate lmao

  • Matt Rubin
    Matt Rubin 2 days ago

    These scooters are littering the world most precious resources, lithium and cobalt. I blame people that cannot walk a mile.

  • ndogg20
    ndogg20 2 days ago

    Maybe someday when, as this video points out, streets are redesigned to accommodate them, scooters will be become a sensible form of transportation. Till then though... the scooters and the riders need to be better regulated ie; safety clothing: bright vests ,helmets, knee and shoulder padding and ID's on back of vests. Already I have seen one scooter rider thrown 10 feet up in the air after being hit by a car and heard of a few more accidents. And as with any group there is always that small group of douchebags who harass both pedestrians and traffic.

  • Sergei Shliapin
    Sergei Shliapin 2 days ago

    Can you please stay the f**k away from cars please. Did you ask me or other carowner if we want to share our space with someone else (crying babies, animals, drunk people) on a public transport? No, you didn't. Do I want to use a bicycle or scooter during the winter/rain/wind? No, I don't. How am I suppose to bring groceries from Safeway/Target/Costco to my home? Seems like you just want to take away the comfort and freedom of traveling anywhere you want that car gives from people.

  • Paulo Alexandre
    Paulo Alexandre 2 days ago

    lol I am Portuguese, and they appeared outta nowhere in my country in the past couple of months, but they haven't really taken off because of mainly 3 reasons:
    1 - our sidewalks are made of cobblestone, enemies to small wheels and heels
    2 - if you ride the electric scooter on the road, you'll get a hefty fine
    3 - so far they only have a per ride fee, instead of a monthly flat fee; add this to your bus pass or subway pass, it gets more expensive than owning a motorcycle
    We have a very limited network of bicycle lanes, where indeed electric scooters make sense, but those were built for the shared bikes - and they are free to use lol

  • Ram-n_dodge
    Ram-n_dodge 2 days ago+1

    scooters and bikes should have plates and tabs

  • Ram-n_dodge
    Ram-n_dodge 2 days ago

    around here it's illegal to use bikes or scooters on the sidewalk. ticket them heavily and it will stop.

  • Robert Z
    Robert Z 2 days ago

    And when it rains?

  • LagiNaLangAko23
    LagiNaLangAko23 2 days ago

    Don't blame the coal plant, blame the soot for being black.

  • Alvaro Garavito
    Alvaro Garavito 3 days ago+1

    nah. I blame the scooters.