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Editor's Notebook
The City of Light
is Banning E-Scooters
Voters approved a ban on e-scooters that will start Sept. 1 in a move that could
signal a shift in sentiment toward certain micromobility modes.
ollowing an April 2 referendum vote, Paris, France, will banish shared battery-powered
scooters from its city streets starting Sept. 1, 2023. In a city
where there are 1.38 million registered voters, slightly more than 103,000
cast ballots and more than 91,000 of those favored an e-scooter ban.
There is a lot to unpack here, not least of which is a decision impacting one
of the world's largest cities was made by 7.4 percent of its voters. Poor voter
turnout aside, the larger question is what this ban could mean for micromobility
in other urban areas.
The story of Paris and e-scooter rentals is one that seems to be firmly set
on a learning curve. E-scooter rental companies have been operating in Paris
since 2018, and the city restricted licenses in 2020 to three vendors after
the number of scooters grew to 20,000. The city also pushed for operators to
institute speed restrictions around areas with heavy pedestrian traffic, implemented
a fine on users who did not park e-scooters in designated places
and banned e-scooters from city parks.
The voter-approved ban does not include personal e-scooters, only those
that can be rented from the city's vendors Lime, Dott and Tier. Proponents
of the ban cited the clutter of Parisian sidewalks from ditched e-scooters, the
expense to rent a scooter for a short distance and brought into question how
" green " the transport mode actually is.
However, the one aspect proponents of the ban heavily pushed was safety.
One high-profile case in 2021 involved an Italian woman who was killed after
a collision with an e-scooter being ridden by two individuals - a practice
that is not allowed. The Paris Police Department does not track e-scooter
accidents specifically, but it does track incidents involving motorized
personal transport devices, which includes e-scooters, as well as motorized
skateboards and hoverboards. This group of devices was involved in more
than 400 incidents in 2022 according to police reports.
The three e-scooter operators pushed back on some of the negative claims
and highlighted the positive impacts e-scooters bring to the City of Light.
Lime pointed to its own safety report for Paris that found two percent of
incidents involved pedestrians while study's on micromobility across Europe
have found safety incidents involving scooters are 0.015 per 1 million kilometers
ridden. Dott noted in cities where parking is allocated for scooters, 96
percent are parked correctly. Dott also pointed out e-scooters are successfully
regulated in cities, including Berlin, Brussels, Helsinki, Lisbon, London,
Madrid, Oslo, Rome, Stockholm and Warsaw.
A final point on this topic involves usage. A report conducted by the firm
6t on behalf of the city of Paris found 19 percent of shared scooter trips in the
city replaced a motor vehicle trip. This is also double what 6t found in a 2019
study. Lime believes this increase can partially be credited to the improved
infrastructure the city of Paris has added, including an increase in bike lanes.
I don't live in Paris, and I can't fairly assess if the impending ban will be a
good or a bad thing for mobility in the city. However, it will serve as a precedent
for other municipalities. I hope that before bans enter the conversation,
all possible steps to limit accidents and improve safety are explored.
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Poor voter turnout
aside, the larger
question is what this
ban could mean for
micromobility in other
urban areas.
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Mischa Wanek-Libman,
editor in chief

March/April 2023

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of March/April 2023

Editor’s Notebook
People & Places
Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
Santa Cruz Metro Bounces Back from COVID-19 Pandemic
Ready for Rail: A Look at 2023’s Big Projects
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March/April 2023 - Why Zero-Emissions Fleet Transformation Starts at the Top
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March/April 2023 - A Look at U.S. Bus Fleets
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March/April 2023 - Have We Outgrown Paratransit?
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