Weekly Scooter Media Brief: September 21-27, 2018

Recent electric scooter news is defined by tragedy.

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September 28, 2018, 2:00 PM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Valencia, Spain

Lime scooters pictured in Valencia, Spain, August 2018. | YakyCorbalan / Shutterstock

Most of the electric scooter news Planetizen has collected over the past month has reflected an ongoing process of discovering, reacting, and beginning to regulate electric scooter rentals—a narrative repeated in cities all over the country as companies like Lime and Bird expand operations to new cities.

In recent weeks, however, the human cost of throwing a new mode into a public realm already engineered with massive risks to public health built into the transportation infrastructure has become evident. Whether reports of fatalities and injuries lead to stricter regulations and limits on operations (i.e., more car-oriented status quo) or a sea change in transportation infrastructure is the question of the day, week, month, year, and beyond.

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