So I'll be sad if these die off. I just learned how amazing they are!
Add to that some sidewalks are wide and low pedestrian traffic and aren't really a problem given courteous users. But allow that and you get people bombing on narrow sidewalks with more pedestrians.
I wouldn't worry about that yet. This is merely the "trough of disillusionment" if you're familiar at all with the Gartner Hype cycle.
It feels like the market opportunity here isn't on the branding side, but the operations side as a white-label operator for city bike shares. As Uber is largely a brand play, I can see why they might want to go in a different direction.
This comparison always gets made, but at least car parking is done is officially sanctioned places, as opposed to dockerless bikes where they're dumped wherever.
* You can mix scooters and bikes in the same place
* You can put vehicles from different companies in the same place
* Lower maintenance costs so (hopefully) would be possible to make them more ubiquitous than docks
* If there's an overflowing number of scooters in a spot, you still have the option of jutting a bit into the sidewalk. Even if you never actually need to do that, knowing that it's an option will probably encourage more use. In the past I've avoided docked bike rentals because my destination only had 2 or 3 spaces left in the docks. Even though I probably would've been able to park, that low level of anxiety someone else in this thread mentioned was enough to convince me to change my plans.
And if you'd rather have a scientific study than anecdotal evidence, there is one: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22047846
That hybrid system seems to work well here.
Honestly, docked "dumb" bikes were a dead-end, but smart gps-enabled bikes and e-scooters are fantastic. The problem is just that they threw out the baby with the bathwater in completely abandoning docks now that they were no longer technologically necessary. They might not be technologically necessary, but having a designated "parking spot" for these vehicles is still useful from a city-planning perspective.
I wanted to have my fun before the hordes ruin it. If everyone had a scooter that could go over 35mph, it would be chaos.
To those that enjoy hooligan style fun, the time to get an electric scooter is now, before the laws catch up to the reality and make e-kick scooters just another point a to b experience. That said, have the hooligan fun in a way that doesn't accelerate the adoption of laws.
I figured I'd have 1-2 good summers in my current city before the laws caught up. So far they've only kicked us out of the main walking street, which sucks since it's actually perfect for scooters, but whatever. This is one of those moments where I wish I felt like a partner to government rather than a subject.
I haven't been hassled or seen someone hassled for sidewalk riding. I make sure to treat pedestrians like Gods though and opt to get off and walk my scooter before causing chaos, confusion, or even the optics of impatience.
Look at the full lineup offered by Dualtron, if you'd like top of the line.
I chose the Dualtron Spider, as it was made to be only 44lb while able to go 38mph, do wheelies, has full suspension for the skate park and so on.
If you are willing to deal with more weight, there are other Dualtron options that are probably built a bit better (44lb was a hard limit for legality in Singapore), but the spider is still an amazing machine.
Browsing the electric scooters subreddit is also useful. They link out to this sheet:
Edit: you are actually too heavy for a Dualtron spider, which is specced for 220lb.
once you actually get into downtown there are just too many people for scooters to work well.
Bikes (electric if you insist) would still win though, because in a pinch they can easily be operated with one hand holding stuff. Hand + ass gives noticeably less control than hand + hand + ass, but still much better than hand + hand sans ass. Simple physics actually, the contact points are farther apart and positioned better relative to the center of mass. And with all the luggability advantage of nonelectric scooters relative to bikes lost to weight, the only remaining advantage of electric scooters is packing density. Admittedly am extremely valuable advantage when it comes to the logistics of electric dockless.
(Re-reading what I wrote I wonder if I'm involuntarily advocating for a skateboard as your vehicle for the takeout run)
it might come down to my riding style. I never "take the lane" riding in traffic. if I hear a car behind me, I just pull off to the side between some parked cars and let them pass. this move feels a lot more awkward on a bike. or maybe it's just an irrational choice, but in the end I prefer the scooters!
ps: I always take a backpack with me to pick up my order, so the whole hand/ass calculus doesn't really come into play :)
It does help that my scooter can accelerate up to 20-30mph easily though.
When e-scooter-shares came out, I thought "This is stupid."
In the last several years, I've been to dozens of cities. Never saw anyone taking an e-scooter.
Haven't heard anything about Uber's 'self-driving' cars recently. Another total was of money.
I do know one other city where there were lots of them when they were first introduced and six months later they seemed to be much less common.
It's a great idea and they should absolutely expand this regulation to cars.
Also - last week Lime announced they were pulling out of SD:
If it's being used to commute, you can go literally 60 feet inland and go as fast as you want.
Segways continue to be silly..