May 4 2019
06:41 am

Since electric scooters began populating streets of some of the country’s biggest cities last year, there has been a surge in emergency room visits for fractures, dislocations and head trauma,
The CDC has found that head injuries topped the list of accident-related incidents involving e-scooters at 45%.
The study, which lasted nearly three months, found the e-scooter injury rate was 14.3 per 100,000 trips.

The median age for people injured was 29. The majority of injuries occurred on the street, with 29% connected to first-time riders and 18% involving motor vehicles.

At least nine people injured by e-scooters have filed a lawsuit in California against Lime, Bird, Segway and other operators. A similar lawsuit was filed in Colorado.
"While acting under the guise of commendable goals of furthering personal freedom and mobility and protecting the environment," the lawsuit claims, companies are "endangering the health, safety, and welfare of riders, pedestrians and the general public."

I suppose they could sue the rider as well.

Be careful out there. Do not hurt innocent pedestrians.

michael kaplan's picture

What exactly is the purpose

What exactly is the purpose of the city providing electric scooters? Is this making money for the city? Does Knoxville only follow what other cities have done or are doing?** I was having dinner in Fort Sanders last week and the scooters were zooming around on sidewalks everywhere, endangering pedestrians. This seems insane.

**I'm thinking in particular of cities across the country adopting the 'clean up' policy of evicting vagrants from encampments under highways without providing any significant housing alternative other than scattering them through residential neighborhoods to live in 'trap houses,' three of which are located on my block in Vestal.

j.f.m.'s picture

What exactly is the purpose

What exactly is the purpose of the city providing electric scooters?

The city isn't providing anything except permission for the companies to operate. I believe the approach taken here was to try to work with the companies in hopes of establishing some rules and limits, rather than having to work things out after an invasion (which is what happened in Nashville and other places). The contract is along the same model as the one for rental bikes, which also provides permission for use of right of way.

michael kaplan's picture

The city collects sales tax

The city collects sales tax on the $10/hour rental, correct?

Alex_Falk's picture

hate to "both sides" an issue, but..

as someone who tourists in some unfamiliar cities with relatively flat terrain & earnestly enjoys recreationally endangering myself on two-wheeled vehicles, i have on occasion *really* had fun rental scooting!

as a resident of a hilly town with a small downtown/campus area, i don't really see the point & sympathize with the annoyance and safety issues. right now, kids may be "trying out" the new scooters but my guess is that the number of units deployed may drop after the initial 'curiousity' phase.

sobi's picture

I'm all for people...

...exercising their freedom to achieve brain injuries by falling unhelmed off of wheeled vehicles or colliding with others and/or immovable objects, however they choose to pursue that goal, as long as they pursue it in the street where that pursuit belongs, and not on the sidewalk, where it doesn't.

michael kaplan's picture


California Vehicle Code 21235 mandates that all scooter riders in California: 1) Have a valid driver license, 2) Ride on the road and remain off sidewalks, and 3) May not park scooters on a sidewalk in a position that blocks pedestrian paths.

michael kaplan's picture

woman beaten with scooter

(CNN) A woman was attacked and beaten to death with an electric scooter as she was walking down a street in Long Beach, California, authorities said.

The woman, 63-year-old Rosa Elena Hernandez, lived in Long Beach, police said. A family member said she went by the name by Rosa Manjarrez.

Police said an attacker assaulted Manjarrez and, after a bystander tried to intervene, the man used a nearby Bird rental scooter as a weapon to continue assaulting her. Manjarrez suffered significant injuries to her upper torso and was declared dead at the scene.

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