Scooter Media Brief for October 2018

News of a class action lawsuit leads the headlines in the Wild West of mini mobility devices.

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October 23, 2018, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Paris Mobility

Taking to the streets of Paris, France on an electric scooter. | Hadrian / Shutterstock

Some people return from vacation daunted by the task of catching up on email. In 2018, the challenge is catching up on scooter news.

Of course, I am exaggerating a little, at the risk of detracting from the importance of the evolution of urban mobility and the political backlash—some warranted and some uncritically supportive of the car-centric status quo—surrounding electric scooters.

An emerging legal backlash, as reported by Peter Holley, compelled another appearance of the Planetizen Scooter Media Brief. More than one transit observer took to the Internet to describe this lawsuit and the regulatory limits being placed on scooters around the country as existential threats to the business model of shared dockless electric scooters.

Below follows the rest of what I've noticed this month, even with some vacation mixed in there. Please add more in the comments if you spotted any breaking news or hot takes that I missed.

National News

National Commentary

Local News

Local Commentary

James Brasuell

James Brasuell is a writer and editor, producing web, print, and video content on the subjects of planning, urbanism, and mobility. James has managed all editorial content and direction for Planetizen since 2014 and was promoted to editorial director in 2021.


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