Scooter Mania

In Wisconsin.

Gov. Tony Evers signed a bill Monday regulating electric scooters on roads and sidewalks.

Under the bipartisan measure, scooters must weigh less than 100 pounds and abide by a 15 mph speed limit. Local governments can prohibit use on sidewalks or streets with speed limits above 25 mph and restrict public rentals.

The law also exempts scooters from state vehicle registration requirements, though scooters must comply with lighting and braking requirements and scooter drivers must follow road rules.

In Copenhagen.

Danish police have arrested 28 people in Copenhagen for riding electric scooters while under the influence of drugs and alcohol.

Over the weekend 24 people were caught drink-driving scooters while four were intoxicated from recreational drugs.

The force announced the arrests on Twitter following a crackdown on the unsafe use of scooters in the Danish capital earlier this year.

Intoxicated drivers are liable for a 2,000 krone ($300; £235) fine.

I rode a couple of these while touring the Mall in D.C. a few weeks ago. It was a handy way to pack in the sights in less time. But they really do whip along and could do some real damage to the rider and other people.

3 Responses to Scooter Mania

  1. dad29 says:

    Chicago is having trouble with them.

    DUI on a scooter is near-certain maiming or death.  And God help them if they cross the TommyToonerville Trolley Tracks the wrong way!

  2. Jason says:

    I took one out last year just before the City forced them out.  Certainly they could be a source of injury for self or passers-by.  But the same could be said for the Bublr bicycles or powered things like Segways.

     

     

  3. Kevin Scheunemann says:

    I support Evers on this one.

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