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:
- Easy to use
- Saves energy
- Simple to park
- 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.
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