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Scooters on sidewalks in Paris?

DHC

10+ Posts
Are scooters a new fresh hell in Paris? Last night, while out with some French friends just back in the US, several complained of the menace of electric scooters on streets and even on the sidewalks in Paris. Is this a big problem? (I still haven't recovered from the horrible love locks on Pont des Arts that ruined that bridge and others or that museums allow visitors to block great art works when they pose for selfies or stop to photograph the art when there are perfectly good postcards in the gift shops.) Yet the French are so correcte about so many other behaviors less intrusive than these. What gives?
 

Parigi

100+ Posts
Those scooters are obnoxious as hell. Many of the riders are not only young and able-bodied and look as though they should walk more but are also English-speaking, in fact with an North American accent. These exerise-deprived young tourists especially like ride in large groups down the sidewalks around the Louvre and along the Seine (instead of down on the nearby Berges that have bike lanes).
 

joe

100+ Posts
It's strange that in many cities the proliferation of electric bikes and electric scooters has caught the municipalities off guard, without proper regulation prepared ahead of time. At first the vehicles are seen as ecological and beneficial until their numbers become a problem, the regulators waking up only when the serious casualties begin. This is the situation in Tel Aviv as well, and probably much worse than in Paris - they pose a danger both to pedestrians and car drivers.

About a third of electric scooter riders in France are foreign tourists, says this article.
 

DHC

10+ Posts
It's what I call the Uberization/Airbnb-isation of the world, aka "Better to ask for forgiveness than to seek permission." These companies have aggressively moved in everywhere then try to work out the regulations and problems later . . . if they try at all. In the meantime, people get used to the service, the lawsuits drag out, and the services become part of the fabric of the city. It's a bullying, I-dare-you approach. But aren't we part of the general problem, too, if not with scooters then with airbnb or Uber if we've used them? Guilty, though not with scooters.
 
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Parigi

100+ Posts
Well put, DHC.
Btw, having two persons on the same scooter is strictly forbidden. Yesterday I saw an English-speaking family, father with one child on one scooter, mother with another child on another scooter, riding on the pedestrian sidewalk. I can't describe to you the shame I felt.
 

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