You can find electric scooter rentals from companies like Lime, Bird, Bolt, and others omnipresent in cities around the world. Most recently I saw them all over Paris, but also Nashville, Austin, San Francisco, Toronto and more.
But here in NYC? It's not looking likely. Why? The NY Times investigates.
The answer is simple: Officials do not believe the biggest — and most crowded — city in the country is ready for scooters.
The congestion in NYC streets and sidewalks exponentially increases the tensions faced between motorists, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. Throwing fast-moving scooters with distracted riders in the mix could spell disaster.
Still, city officials are concerned that an influx of scooters could lead to serious crashes. Two people died in the city last year while riding electric scooters, including a 7-year-old boy who was hit by a public bus last May.
What do you think? Are there electric scooters in your city?