E-scooters are back in Milwaukee for the first time since 2019. E-scooters are public electric scooters that are available to rent using smartphones. Bird, Lime and Spin electric scooters will make a return in Milwaukee this summer for public use, but things may look different.

What Has Changed?

Stricter rules are in effect for E-scooters since the last time we saw them in 2019. Although it was still illegal back in 2019, many riders used the electric scooters on sidewalks, endangering pedestrians. A rule has been set that if more than 10% of scooters are observed on sidewalks, that e-scooter company will be banned from the area.

E-scooter Pros and Cons

The e-scooters quickly became popular when Bird, Lime and Spin first emerged with over 350,000 rides recorded in 2019. But, there are both pros and cons associated with e-scooter use:

Pros

  • Convenient
  • Ecofriendly
  • Easy to use
  • Inexpensive
  • Saves energy
  • Simple to park
  • Fun

Cons

  • Increasing number of accidents
  • Insurance issues
  • E-scooters may be left behind in inconvenient locations
  • Rules are hard to enforce
  • Only suitable for short distances
  • Slower than cars and motorcycles
  • Technical issues associated with sharing apps

Safety Tips, Rules and Suggestions for Best Use

  • Follow the same rules and street paths as bicycle riders.
  • Riding and parking e-scooters on the Riverwalk are prohibited.
  • Park the scooter on a sidewalk that is more than 5 ft. wide after you finish your ride. A violation of this rule is punishable with a fine of up to $100.
  • Do not ride in tandem – the scooters are designed to transport one person safely at a time.
  • Stop using a scooter if you are under 18 years old.
  • Bring your own helmet.
  • Avoid using use an e-scooter if you are intoxicated.
  • Download the apps and upload information before you start riding.
  • Use both hands when riding a scooter.

What You Should Do if You Have an Accident Related to an E-Scooter

As the e-scooters return to being a popular form of transportation in Milwaukee, legal questions regarding what is and is not permissible for e-scooters are bound to arise.

Of the 350,130 electric scooter rides recorded in 2019, there were 67 crashes reported that included 22 falls with no injuries, eight falls with injuries and four car and scooter crashes.

In order to ensure proper settlement after an accident, it is important to understand the terms of your insurance policy and visit our 24/7 chat feature at hupy.com, or contact us at 800-800-5678 if you are a victim of an electric scooter-related injury.

Jason F. Abraham
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