Scooting through big city traffic is the smart way of the future
Electric scooters are taking Tel Aviv and other metropolises by storm. Foldable, transportable, chargeable and able to skirt through traffic jams, traverse parks and park anytime and anywhere, scooters seem to be the answer many city livers and workers have long prayed for. And with limited regulation surrounding their purchase and use, all you need to use scooters in most big cities is to be of (a certain, varying) age and have a helmet on hand – though ideally, it would be on your head.
Let’s take a closer look at some of the benefits of traveling via scooter in metropolises:
Scoot through traffic jams with ease
Though many urban tech developments, such as autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing apps are making it more convenient to travel to and within big cities, they have yet to significantly reduce congestion on the roads. In Tel Aviv, there are presently too many cars and not enough roads to accommodate them. The average driving speed in Tel Aviv tends to range between 20 and 43 kilometers per hour depending on the time of day (well below the legal limit), and the frustrating jams commuters face each day are only expected to get worse. Similar pictures can be painted in metropolises around the world.
Scooters, however, are narrow and can easily bypass even the most backed up of traffic jams and enable riders to arrive at their destinations faster, making them an ideal inner city method of transportation.
Help reduce big city carbon emissions
Electric scooters are better for cities than cars, from an environmentally-friendly perspective. The average car typically emits about 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year, depending on the type of fuel used, the vehicle’s fuel economy, and the number of kilometers driven – and that’s just one car! Electric scooters, on the other hand, run on batteries and emit far, far less. According to the Lime app, every kilometer traveled produces roughly 560 grams of carbon. Add that to the amount of carbon burned to produce the electricity needed to charge the roughly five million scooters around the world, emissions amounting to about 370 metric tons, – and you still only reach less than 2% of the carbon dioxide produced by the same number of cars. As such, electric scooters may very well be the fastest and most economical way to help reduce metropolises’ carbon emissions.
Park smart without relying on smart (or other) infrastructure
If you’ve never been to Tel Aviv or any other bustling metropolis before, you’ve still likely heard just how hard it is to find parking – at any point in time during the day. In Tel Aviv, parking your car is truly a fine art. 500,000 car drivers must vie for just 350,000 legal parking spots, most of which are paid and/or taken up by local residents. Arriving via an electric scooter, parking is no longer an issue. Rather than spending time combing the city for an available spot, and spending money on parking meters or private lots, you can simply fold and carry your scooter into the office, or lock it to a lamp-post or tree while you duck into a shop.No hassle, no dizzying parking escapades, and no crippling parking fees, whatsoever.
But increased scooter use is not always smooth sailing
It’s important to note that the accelerated use of scooters in bustling metropolises does have a downside. Although regulations are beginning to be put in place, the lack of proper rules on who can ride scooters, how and where does pose certain safety risks to scooter riders, car drivers and pedestrians alike. Ideally, scooter riders would have drivers’ licenses, wear protective equipment at all times and reflective gear in poor visibility, and drive in designated lanes, instead of weaving in and out of traffic, or blazing past sidewalk pedestrians with lightning speed. Plus, the abundance of scooters being parked outside urban buildings is not only an eyesore, it is also cumbersome and potentially hazardous. Of scooters are to continue to grow in popularity in urban areas, measures must be taken to rectify this situation.
Electric scooters are growing in popularity in metropolitan areas across the world. It is no longer a strange practice to view commuters from Israel’s periphery pull scooters out of public intercity bus holds and zip through Tel Aviv traffic with record efficiency – and the trend continues to expand to new metropolises in Europe, North America and beyond. Have you accelerated your commute by joining the electric scooter craze?
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