Scooters are the latest poster child of electrically-updated person-propelled transport, though legislation stands in their way - at least in England. While UK cities have been able to apply to trial battery-powered scooters for limited use on roads, cycle lanes and tracks since 4 July, it’s still illegal to use privately owned, non-hired electric scooters.
There’s no doubt that our European neighbours have trailblazed when it comes to both usage of scooters themselves and the regulation that forms the basis of how they are adopted by users. While their day-to-day convenience is clearly a selling point, it is their function as a leisure-based activity that really drives current adoption. Lisbon and Paris are shining examples, where tourists form the bulk of the users for hired scooters in the cities.
A drive to sustainable commuting and sightseeing is clearly achievable then, but as technology improves and battery range increases, the infrastructure and legislation in the UK must be there too. Then, perhaps those travelling around the UK can explore their favourite destinations just as the residents of Amsterdam can live a car-lite existence in their pedestrianised city.
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