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Look out for this new breed of e-scooter

08 April, 2021

Illustration by John Sadler

• I HAVE written before of my safety concerns for riders and pedestrians when it comes to e-scooters.

Even though they are still illegal, they are now a common sight on our roads, pavements and parks, and it seems that we just have to get used to them.

I have, however, recently witnessed a new breed of e-scooter and rider. The scooters are a lot larger and much faster than the original scooters and have incredible powers of acceleration. The riders are wearing full-face crash helmets and look like something out of a science fiction movie.

During last Tuesday’s glorious warm evening, I spotted one such scooter in Regent’s Park weaving around pedestrians deliberately accelerating and braking in a very aggressive manor.

Similarly, at the weekend, I saw another one speeding along the towpath of the Regent’s Canal much to the displeasure of other canal users.

If these armoured riders – and their heavy machines – collide with a pedestrian or an animal they will surely inflict serious injury or death.

The police, of course, have their hands full at present, but it is puzzling that on surrounding roads the speed limit is 20mph, while in the park anything goes!



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