My kids are big advocates. They fold up, easy to carry and store, cheap to charge, clean and fun to ride.
Like any transport they need to be used responsibly and, like bikes, other road users need to give them safe space. But, I do see them as part of the solution.
I don't see e-scooters as a solution to transport problems. In London they are used by people rather than using the tube/bus. I am speculating, but I suspect e-scooters are less efficient. They don't get people out of cars as these people wouldn't be driving in London. Worse still if they are being used by people as an alternative to walking/cycling as they are now getting less exercise.
They maybe of more benefit if they are being used in smaller towns as an alternative to taking the car.
Personally I think e-scooters are an excellent idea for all the reasons Mike has identified.
There will be new risks, but I would rather be run over by someone on an e-scooter than by that same person driving any form of car.
That argument would apply equally to electric bikes.
My kids use the eScooters as an alternative to an Uber or public transport, and where walking isn't an option due to the time and effort. eScooters are much quicker and more relaxing.
In terms of exercise, both my kids also cycle, and I think, in the main, eScooters are ridden by fairly fit people - certainly their use incorporates an element of walking and carrying and 'fresh' air.
Of course they are not perfect, but there is no perfect solution, only a combination of better options.
Worse still if they are being used by people as an alternative to walking/cycling as they are now getting less exercise.
I don't know of any studies for eScooters, but there's one for eBikes.
Just been looking up the current law for another forum...
Hi Jonathan, looks like electric scooters fall into the Segway trap as they don't have the "propelling" pedals that e-bikes have, hence are illegal for road, pavement, cycle lane and footpath use, even if below the 15.5mph top speed limit.
I know I haven't got my mind round it fully, but that's consistent with what I have. But I don't understand why Segways and similar aren't allowed on highways, it doesn't seem to be the 2011 case... did you find an explanation?
i interpreted it as because they don't meet motor vehicle regulations or the exemption for the use of pedals for propelling that a bike has or the exemption for 'invalid' carriages that covers wheelchairs and mobility scooters.