Concerns have been raised about e-scooters in Nottingham which one campaigner has described as a “trip hazard” because people leave them on pavements.
These new “industry-leading” LINK scooters are run by the company Superpedestrian.
The new technology promised to improve safety for pedestrians but one avid campaigner wants to see them removed from Nottingham’s streets permanently.
Sarah Gayton, the street access campaigns co-ordinator for The National Federation of the Blind of the UK, carried out her own investigation in Nottingham, which she said escalated her concerns.
She explained that she had gathered evidence of the scooters being left on pavements around Lenton, Radford, Hyson Green and other busy areas of the city.
“THE SAME OLD PROBLEMS ARE HAPPENING, THEY ARE A REAL DANGER.”
Sarah Gayton, National federation of the blind of the uk
Ms Gayton says that the ”issue is that we have put them onto the pavement, obstructing pedestrian access – and that is totally unacceptable.
“They are an obstruction and a trip hazard because of the L-shape, and because people leave them on the pavement not in a safe situation.
“They are really difficult because the board that they stand on is like a trip hazard.”
She added: “The company has not satisfied the previous concerns, or maybe they have not even started with the new technology.
“The same old problems are still happening. They are a real danger.”
Nationally, in the year ending June 2021:
There were 882 accidents involving e-scooters; of these 173 were single vehicle accidents; this is around 20% of all e-scooter accidents
There were 931 casualties in accidents involving e-scooters; of these 732 were e-scooters users
Of the 931 casualties, three were killed (all of them were e-scooter riders)
The best estimate is that there were 253 seriously injured and 675 slightly injured casualties.
Source: Department for Transport
A spokeswoman for Superpedestrian said it could report “many improvements” since the trial, adding: “We have invested in two powerful rider education campaigns, using local media and digital billboards to amplify our messaging around rules of the road.”
She added new technology, due later in 2022, “will enable us to keep scooters off pavements once and for all.
“We’ve raised the age limit for our service from 16 to 18 years old to help improve rider standards. And we print our customer service helpline on all scooters so that all members of the public can report unsafe riding or parking.
“We have already reached out to several community groups, including the National Federation for the Blind of the UK. It is our hope that we can work constructively together to help the programme perform best for users and non-users.”