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In the first five weeks of this year, the Bird electric scooters caused 281 traffic accidents and resulted in 97 lawsuits in a California city. In addition, I had to call an ambulance eight times because of falls, Forbes writes.
People of the city of Santa Monica (California) massively moved from cars and buses to electric scooters company Bird. The new ridesharing service allows you to quickly get to work, without adjusting to the schedule of public transport. Charging a scooter lasts for 15 hours of use, and hire is quite inexpensive: $ 1, plus 15 cents for every mile of journey.
Using the service is very simple: you need to download the Bird application and register your driver’s license and credit card number in it. Then the application shows the scooter closest to you. On the spot, it is enough to scan the QR code of the electric scooter in order for the application to start automatically counting kilometers and deduct money from the account. For several months of the service’s existence (it was launched last September), 1,000 Bird scooters made 250,000 trips.
Having reached work, home or cafe, users can leave a scooter in any convenient place without blocking the sidewalk and not occupying parking spaces. After eight in the evening, the company’s staff is looking for electric vehicles throughout the city to charge. In the morning, the scooters are taken out again to the streets so that everyone can ride.
Everything is good, but the service has become so popular in Santa Monica that the city has faced a number of serious problems. In the first five weeks of this year, scooters became participants in 281 traffic accidents and resulted in 97 lawsuits. The fact is that, according to the law of the state of California, only persons over 16 years old who have received a driver’s license can move on such vehicles. In addition, you must be sober, wear a helmet and do not drive on the sidewalks. Many of these rules are neglected, for which they receive calls to the court. Eight times I had to call an ambulance because of serious falls (users received head injuries and broken hands). To prevent such incidents, Bird began distributing helmets for free and placing stickers with excerpts from the law on scooters. The company also promised to disseminate information about safety, writes the Washington Post.