San Francisco grants Jump, Lime, Scoot and Spin e-scooter licenses
The relationship between San Franscico and sharable electric scooter programs has been contentious, with city authorities stepping in last year to regulate the services. Following the latest round of permit applications, the city has announced that four companies will be allowed to operate electric scooter programs for the next year: Jump, Lime, Scoot and Spin. San Francisco was the birthplace of the electric scooter, with Bird, Spin and Lime starting operations there last March. However, there were many objections to the scourge of scooters, including that discarded scooters blocked access for pedestrians and that people frequently rode them on pavements.
Bird offers to send free helmets to riders who request them, but it would be better if they came with the scooters . The in-app safety tutorial could be taken a step further by requiring users to take a selfie wearing a helmet —the scooter ’s or their own—before unlocking the scooter (there is already a
Anti- scooter activists tend to paint scooter riders as kamikaze daredevils, slaloming through cars There have been five traffic incidents involving Bird scooters in Santa Monica since November, and Bird , which declined to provide information about accidents, offers helmets to active riders for a
Scooter sharing companies have tried numerous ways of, but Bird is trying a particularly direct method -- good, old-fashioned rewards. The service has introduced a "Helmet Selfie" feature that offers perks in return for snapping a photo of yourself wearing a helmet at the end of your trip. Computer vision automatically detects the helmet to keep riders honest. The full range of rewards isn't available, but ride credits are part of them. You may get to ride more often simply by protecting your cranium, then.
The company is encouraging cities to implement Helmet Selfie by getting in touch.
Bird raises new funding at a $2.5 billion valuation, thanks to longer-lasting scooters
VCs aren’t done pumping money into e-scooter rental companiesBird’s new pre-money valuation was first reported earlier this summer by TechCrunch and The New York Times. It’s a slight increase over the company’s $2.3 billion valuation from last year, but it’s still a sign that venture capital firms aren’t done pumping money into e-scooter companies, despite reports of steep cash losses and rampant vandalism of the scooters. But the temperature around scooter sharing has definitely cooled down: Bird raised $418 million in financing last year.
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Especially when the riding service offers incentives for its customers to wrangle, charge and set out “Charging scooters for Bird is like Pokémon Go, but when you get paid for finding Pokémon,” says More: Bird scooters jobs take over Nashville's Craigslist. However, Kamps' model also details small
Accordingly, Bird will help you find the helmet you need. It's launching a global Safety Marketplace that will offer a "curated" mix of helmets and other safety gear. If you're not sure what equipment to get or just don't want to traipse across town to get it, this could make your shopping considerably easier.
There's a pragmatic reason for Bird to do this, of course. Local governments' attention to scooter regulation remains high, and that's exacerbatedor other safety flaw that puts riders at risk. Whatever Bird spends on ride credits and other treats may pay dividends if it keeps the company out of trouble. However, it's still beneficial -- it might be worthwhile if it gets even a few people to carry a helmet with them on future rides.
E-scooter regulation comes into force - Legalized operation of small electric vehicles
With the new eKFV driving license obligation for small electrical vehicles is eliminated - this is probably the most sweeping innovation that brings the law. At the end of February, Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer signed the regulation.Draft is now at the Federal Council (3.4.2019)
The notification at the European level has been completed, according to the Communication from the Federal Ministry for Transport and Digital Infrastructure on 3 April 2019. The letter of 3 April also states: "(. ..) Today, the Federal Cabinet has adopted the Ordinance on the participation of small electrical vehicles on the road. Thus, the draft can now be forwarded to the Federal Council. The goal is to have the Small Electric Vehicle Regulation coming into force in the spring of 2019 as soon as the Federal Council has given its approval. "E-scooters aged 12 and over
The new regulation divides e-scooters into two classes: one class up to 12 km / h and one to 20 km / h. From the age of 12 years, vehicles with a design-related maximum speed of 12 km / h are permitted. From the age of 14, vehicles may be the ones that reach the full 20 km / h.
Instead of an insurance code like mopeds or small scooters, an insurance sticker on the vehicle that informs about the existing liability insurance is sufficient.Where can I drive e-scooters?
e-scooters may and should use the same traffic space as bicycles. So you are allowed on bike paths and biking trails. If these are not available, the road may be used. Caution: This applies according to the Regulation for electric scooters "with a design maximum speed of not less than 12 km / h". E-scooters whose top speed is slower than 12 km / h must, according to regulation, share the sidewalk with the pedestrians.
Dimensions: The e-scooter may be up to 70 cm wide, 140 cm high and up to 200 cm long, while the weight may not exceed the 55 kilo mark. The continuous power may be a maximum of 500 watts, 1,400 watts, if 60 percent of the power to be used for balancing (gyroscopic systems).No need to wear a helmet
In order to qualify as a small electric vehicle, the e-scooter must have a steering or support bar with front, rear and brake lights and two independent brakes. A "glowing bell" must also be on board, a helmet is not valid. The electric scooter does not have to have turn signals either, the direction is indicated by a hand signal as when riding a bicycle.Driving with helmet recommended
Whether a helmet duty would be useful, it is currently being discussed in the US much. Current Cause: A US consumer protection study has found that the number of ER head injuries has increased, especially since e-scooter sharing has occurred in some cities. At more than 1,000, the number of injured people reported to have been involved in accidents involving electric scooters in the US since the end of 2017 is estimated.
Background: E-scooters that are used by a sharing provider, ie a rental, are usually piloted without a helmet. Sure, because the use is usually spontaneous. For e-scooters in private use is the same as for bicycles and e-bikes: Here are the drivers usually with helmet on the road, since the journey mostly (short-term) planned and started from home, where usually a helmet is ready..
E-scooter injuries quadrupled in four years .
It probably won't shock you to hear that the rise of e-scooters and their matching services has led to more injuries, but researchers now have some more tangible proof. A UCSF study indicates that electric scooter-related injuries in the US jumped 222 percent between 2014 and 2018, with over 39,000 people hurting themselves. There were 'only' about 3,300 hospital admissions, but that's an increase of a staggering 365 percent. Most first-time injuries came to the 18-to-34 crowd. And yes, the lack of helmets was a problem -- almost a third of injuries involved some kind of head trauma.