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    • I’ve been skeptical of all the money investors are throwing at scooter rental companies like Bird and Lime. They litter our streets, wear out fast, get thrown in the creeks. Does it even make sense to manufacture yet more batteries and electronics and aluminum to pollute the world?

      And yet, dammit, THEY ARE SO MUCH FUN IN PARIS!!! They are sucking up all my Euros as we scoot around the city in a way never before possible. Walkers don’t want us on their sidewalks, cars and bussess are aggressive with us on the roads, but we zip. And smile. I don’t want to like them but I keep...getting...on.

    • Friend of mine had to replace two of his elbows after riding a Bird scooter. I didn't even know elbow replacements were a thing.

    • Yikes I’m sorry to hear that. I get the feeling that if you’ve surfed, skateboarded, ridden a Razor, dirt motorcycles, etc., there isn’t as much to worry about except cars and busses.

      It’s probably like roller skating or skate boarding — you should be able to tumble without bonking your head or breaking your wrists. I skateboard half the places I go and occasionally go tumbling, but scrapes is all I’ve experienced.

      The Paris busses tho. They get my attention on a scooter.

    • Usually these kinds of accidents are freaks, but from what I understand its precisely when you stop worrying that they happen. Or rather, because the scooter seems so innocuous, there's a temptation to feel quite casual about it. When you do those other things, your guard is heightened. I'd scuba dived in deep and rough waters and jumped off cliffs, but the only time I can think of that I came close to drowning was when swimming off a shallow beach and I didn't think anything could go wrong.

      When I heard about the accident my first thought was 'That's awful, what can I do?!' Second was 'You can replace elbows?' and third was 'Why do birds need scooters?' LOL.

    • I think you should try and ride one handed, while snapping photo's with the other hand. Deal? ..... Enjoy Paris!

    • You know, it's crazy but we sorta did that while eating bread. That was dumb and squirrly but we survived.

      I saw lots of 2-up couples on scoots and thought I should take photos with my long lens as they rode towards me because they would make great photos. Sometimes the passenger in front was scrolling through his/her phone while scooting. Paris limits scooters to 20 kph, so no one is going fast.

      Since I didn't take photos, I give you this one floating around on the Internet from Brendan McDermid/Reuters:

    • I’m assuming this is one of those deals where they have different charging stations across the city and when you get to where you want to you leave the scooter at the nearest station? Kinda like the electric bikes in SF.

    • No I think they're the kind of electric scooters that are left out on the curb when you're done riding. I think the scooter companies hire maintenance people who go out and fix scooters in distress.

      Glad you enjoyed riding the scooters of Paris as it seems like they may be restricted soon!

    • That's a very interesting article. Truth be told, when seeing the single rider nicely zooming through the city traffic of stuck cars, everything else about them falls into perspective for the average person who just found the ideal way to navigate a busy city! Maybe the better thing to do would be banning the cars from certain city streets, yet that won't work for everyone who can't necessarily ride a trottinette. I like the term better since they aren't really scooters, and it's the word I grew up with. It's a pity though that there is no way to contain and prevent the mess, but maybe that should be where more managerial effort can go. I think high density urban areas should much more seriously consider alternative personal (and public transport) locomotion, to cars.

    • 😔 This is why we can’t have nice things. It has to be soul destroying to see these thrown in the river.

      I could tell as we were riding that pedestrians don’t like them.

    • The truth is more interesting than that. These scooters are indeed "pick up anywhere, leave anywhere) (well, within the operational area). But the charging is not done by maintenance people. It is crowdsourced! You can sign up to be a charger, subject to accepting certain conditions which vary per country. If you qualify, the company sends you a charger or three, and a new mode unlocks in your app where you can see which scooters need charging, can "claim" them and pick them up to charge and then return to one of "nest" locations. There are time constraints, e.g. you have to put the charged scooter back on the street not later than 7am next day, or your payout is halved, and for repeat offences you can be disqualified.

      Actual *repair* is probably done by real maintenance people, acting on tickets submitted by riders spotting a broken scooter.

    • Wow, so I wonder if based on same idea, whether it shouldn't be so hard for a company to remunerate trashed scooter collectors. My guess is for this to work it has to be worth while the effort. Since the company released these in the streets, for profit, shouldn't they account for the price of cleanup as well?

    • OK, I definitely want to ride a Wheels e-bike! So much more appealing to have that lower center of gravity:

      The fact that they are more like bicycles than Razor scooters is,
      itself, a major advantage. Sitting, rather than standing, means
      stability. It means your knees and ankles aren’t a suspension component.
      It has 14-inch wheels with pneumatic tires. It uses dual disc brakes
      from a high-end bicycle. It has a twist-grip throttle, like a
      motorcycle. And it has Bluetooth speakers, so you can play your music
      from the bike itself, freeing you from having to dangerously (and in
      Santa Monica, illegally) ride on the street wearing headphones.