When Lime, the company that pioneered ride-sharing bikes, released motorized scooters, the public found themselves divided. On the one hand, the lack of infrastructure in some cities, like Austin, Texas or Raleigh, North Carolina, led themselves naturally to motorized, “dockless” scooters. On the other hand, the number of hospitalizations from scooter-related accidents is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent a task force down to Austin, Texas, to analyze the role motorized scooters have played in EMS calls over the last three months.
The CDC’s report should help cities address some of the infrastructure and health issues associated with “dockless” scooters. Setting aside no-ride zones, places where there are regulations on when you can ride scooters, and parking locations for scooters should potentially cut down on injuries associated with the scooters. Dr. Phillip Huang, medical director for Austin Public Health, had this to say about the investigation: “We realized we wanted to get a better handle of the magnitude of injuries and the factors associated with the injuries. It’s so new, and we don’t know very much about it.”
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