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Study: 40% of escooter riders are injured on their first ride

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This article was originally published by Christopher Carey on Cities Today, the leading news platform on urban mobility and innovation, reaching an international audience of city leaders. For the latest updates follow Cities Today on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and YouTube, or sign up for Cities Today News.

A study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has found most escooter injuries occur on pavements, with riders citing potholes and signposts as the most common reasons for accidents.

Researchers from the institute interviewed 103 escooter riders who sought care at Washington, D.C.’s George Washington University Hospital over eight months in 2019, and found 58 percent had been injured riding on the pavement – with 40 percent of those surveyed injured while taking their first ride.

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Just 13 percent of riders surveyed said they were injured in a collision with a car, truck or bus.

Jessica Cicchino, IIHS Vice President for Research and lead author of the study, said: “We didn’t see many e-cooter crashes with motor vehicles, and that may be a result of riders sticking mostly to the sidewalk – on the other hand, there are legitimate concerns that sidewalk riders could crash into pedestrians.”

“The picture is still not clear when it comes to where scooters should be ridden,” she added. “Our results suggest that moving scooters off the sidewalk could put riders at risk of more severe injuries, but as things stand they might be suffering these lesser injuries more often.”

On Tuesday, Washington’s D.C. Council gave final approval to a bill establishing new rules and restrictions on companies that rent out scooters and other shared electric mobility devices.

Among the notable provisions, the bill will:

  • Require devices to be locked to racks or other objects while maintaining at least three feet (one meter) of unobstructed walkway.
  • Create a US$150 fine for riding under the influence of alcohol or drugs and a US$125 penalty for tampering with the vehicles.
  • Require companies to maintain a 24-hour hotline to report complaints and free virtual education classes on riding safely.
  • Ban scooters within 300 feet (90 meters) of an elementary school, middle school or senior wellness centre, unless it is near a metro station.

Some US cities, including Denver and San Antonio, have banned escooters from pavements completely, while many others have introduced curbs on their use.

Safety dilemma

While escooter schemes stalled as the pandemic began, many cities have seen an uptick in interest from commuters looking for socially distanced modes of travel.

But many cities cities have struggled to incorporate the devices into their mobility ecosystem, with some implementing outright bans.

The Danish capital Copenhagen is set to ban rental escooters from its city centre from 1 January 2021, saying the measure is primarily out of consideration for senior citizens using pavements and public spaces.

Escooter trials in the UK, which were only legalized in July, have also come under heavy scrutiny, with one local authority suspending its program within days of its launch after users were seen mounting pavements and almost hitting pedestrians.


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Published October 27, 2020 — 14:00 UTC

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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Apple will replace AirPods Pro for free with faulty noise cancellation, static or crackling

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Today, exactly one year after Apple first launched the AirPods Pro — and thus the same day the very first AirPods Pro owners will see their one-year warranties expire — Apple has launched a repair program that offers free repairs or replacements for another whole year if your AirPods Pro experience issues with noise cancellation or static.

Specifically, Apple will fix:

Crackling or static sounds that increase in loud environments, with exercise or while talking on the phone

Active Noise Cancellation not working as expected, such as a loss of bass sound, or an increase in background sounds, such as street or airplane noise

Apple says only a “small percentage of AirPods Pro” are affected by the issues, but it apparently wasn’t just an early batch — Apple says affected units were manufactured “before October 2020,” meaning every AirPods Pro ever made might be eligible. That’s quite a recall if so. Apple says it will repair faulty AirPods Pro for two years after you first buy them.

We’ve heard complaints about degraded noise cancellation before, and at least one Verge editor has replaced their AirPods Pro under warranty. It’s nice to hear that Apple isn’t just cutting buyers off as soon as that warranty expires.

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