eScooter Rental Opponents: You’ve Lost. Get Over It.

The New York Times: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Electric Scooters

But people should think twice before condemning e-scooters as an ill-conceived tech-world fantasy. Because if you can get over their dopey aesthetics and dubious corporate strategy, e-scooters actually solve some problems. They’re lightweight and emission-free. They don’t require bulky docks or parking lots, and they’re perfect for trips that are too long to walk but too short to justify driving or hailing a car. If they take off, they could alleviate congestion and become a low-cost way of getting around cities without robust public transportation systems.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

And, dig this:

It’s true that scooters have gone from nonexistent to ubiquitous in a matter of weeks — one morning, I counted more than 100 within a few blocks of my hotel. But their visibility is a function of their novelty. We don’t view parked cars and bus stops as eyesores, even though they’re everywhere.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

The only time cars are an eyesore to me is when traffic is all jammed up. I have to wonder how many of those cars are taking trips that could be done using personal electric transport.


Whatever happens, you can count me as a slightly embarrassed member of Team Scooter. If liking fun, inexpensive, short-distance transportation is wrong, I don’t want to be right.

The only people “wrong” in this battle are the hypocrites who own cars and take cabs and ride Uber.

Previously here:

The eScooter Rental War Chests Increase
How Will Singapore Treat Dockless eScooter Rentals?
The Ongoing eScooter Rental Wars
Bird eScooter Rentals Gets Bigger Wings
San Francisco Begins Electric Scooter Rental Regulations
Boosted Boards Founders Launch Electric Scooter Rental Company
San Francisco To Regulate Electric Scooter Rentals
Electric Scooter Rental: Bird In Los Angeles
Chronological List Of Electric Scooter Posts
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