We are lucky enough to live during a time where if you need a ride somewhere but don’t have access to a vehicle, you can simply call an Uber or Lyft and be on your way. Now, electric scooters are becoming the new norm for simply riding short distances around town—and Lubbock will soon have its own scooters to choose from. While this sounds like a fun and innovative way to get around town, it does come with many shortcomings, some of which can be deadly.
Recently it was announced that Lime, the largest American smart mobility service provider, would be launching its Lime-S electric scooter at Texas Tech University’s Memorial Circle. Representatives from the company will be there to demo the scooters, offer rides, and answer any questions the public may have. Lubbock Mayor Dan Pope has said, “We welcome Lime to Lubbock and West Texas. We are grateful for Lime and their willingness to work with us on this micro-mobility agreement. This agreement helps make another ‘great day in Lubbock, Texas.’”
Though this is an exciting moment for Lubbock as a whole, it’s important to keep in mind the many difficulties smart mobility services have endured this year. Just this past October, a 32-year old firefighter was catapulted off of a Bird electric scooter he was riding in San Diego, California, Bird being California’s counterpart to Lime.
According to an article by CNN, the firefighter, Brandon Nelson, wasn’t wearing a helmet when he was launched off the scooter, which resulted in a concussion, a broken nose, and various lacerations across his face.
Electric scooters have been swarming our country and others for the past year, with both Bird and Lime respectively expanding into various markets. Though the business may be booming, the machines have also brought a wave of scooter-related injuries and at least two deaths.
Washington D.C. resident Carlos Sanchez Martin passed away on a Lime scooter after an SUV hit him and dragged him over a dozen yards, pinning him underneath the vehicle. A 24-year old Dallas resident also died when he fell off the scooter he was riding home from work.
“You have a public that hasn’t been aware of the inherent dangers in what they see as a fun recreational vehicle,” said Dr. Sam Torbati, co-chair of the emergency department at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “They’re no safer than any other motorized vehicles, and in some ways, are more dangerous than a bicycle.”
Lime operates in more than 70 cities across the country and offers a “How to Lime” instructional video; however, the company doesn’t require riders to watch the video before riding. Without guidance, the scooters, which travel at a speed of up to 15 miles per hour, can take some riders by surprise.
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