Electric scooters, known as e-scooters are becoming a problem in Europe’s traffic, as they are banned from use on the pavement but do not offer much protection to their riders in busy areas. On Friday, August 9th, a rider was killed on a French road, while riding an e-scooter.
The man had reportedly been in the fast lane when he was hit from behind by a motorbike on the A86 at Velizy-Villacoublay, four kilometres from Versailles southwest of Paris, according to the Guardian newspaper. This death was the third in the Paris region involving vehicles in only four months.
These incidents have sparked further discussion about safety concerns and renewed calls for the regulation of this increasingly popular mode of transport.
In this case, the e-scooter rider was reported to have been wearing a helmet, while travelling in the fast lane when the motorbike hit him from behind. Initial police reports said it was not clear if the scooter had lights.
The e-scooter rider in Paris was not the only one. Apart from the incidents in Paris, Norway admits to having a problem regulating the vehicles. The Norwegian magazine, The Nordic Page, reported in mid-July that Oslo City Council had warned of an electric scooter problem in the capital after dock-less electric scooters were allowed to begin operating in the city earlier in the year. What followed, the city council declared to be “chaos” and police asked politicians to intervene to prevent danger arising from people using the scooters in busy city centres.
In Bruges, Belgium, the mayor stepped out and simply ruled out introducing e-scooters, as they were “not right” for the city’s medieval streets.