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Chicago Scooter Test Pilot Program

Chicago Scooter Test Pilot Program Info

Injury Attorneys for Victims of E-Scooter Accidents in Chicago, Illinois

The City of Chicago ran a "pilot program" in 2019 to test the use of e-scooters, and based on this program, a new pilot program has been put in place that will be in effect from August to December of 2020. This program will help the city determine whether scooters should continue to be made available as an alternative means of transportation, while also observing the level of danger that the scooters may pose to those on Chicago's streets. Other cities with the transportation devices have experienced an influx of injuries and hospital visits for injuries related to e-scooters. The most common injuries found in a study performed by the Austin Public Health Department include bone fractures, nerve, tendon, and ligament injuries, severe bleeding, and organ damage.

Chicago Scooter Test Program Details

The 2020 test program will place 10,000 scooters on the streets of Chicago for riders to use. Three companies--Bird, Lime, and Spin--have been authorized to provide e-scooter rentals throughout the duration of this program.

Under this program, scooters will be available throughout the City of Chicago, although there are a few areas where they will not be allowed to be used: the Lakefront Trail, the Central Business District, and the Bloomingdale Trail. At least 50% of the scooters must be deployed within an "equity priority area" which includes the West Side and South Side. Scooters may only be operated between 5:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m., and they must travel at 15 miles per hour or less. They must be used on streets or bike lanes, and they cannot be driven on sidewalks.

The scooters are considered "dockless" since they can be picked up on any street and left on another when the rider is done. One addition made by the new pilot program is the requirement to lock a scooter to a fixed object, such as a street sign or bike rack, when a person is finished with a ride. However, since the scooters still lack an official parking system, improperly parked scooters may become a hazard to pedestrians and other riders, placing them at risk of an injury while walking or riding down the street.

The city sees the scooters as a possible transportation alternative. It may reduce the number of individuals driving to work, thus clearing the streets and improving traffic conditions for drivers. The scooters may also help reduce the amount of pollution being emitted from cars and other means of transportation. 

The dockless e-scooters rely on smartphones and available credit/debit cards. Consumers simply download the scooter company's smartphone application, upload a form of card payment to the app, and start riding any scooter found on the street. Similar to taxi cabs, the scooters charge per riding-minute, meaning the longer you ride the scooter, the more you pay. What is not being acknowledged is the additional sidewalk space being taken by the scooters and riders. Pedestrians and vehicle drivers on already crowded rush hour sidewalks and streets are put at risk by riders.

Scooter Injury Attorney Serving Chicago, Illinois

At Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, our team recognizes the danger e-scooters pose to Chicagoans and understand the damage that such injuries can have on an individual's life and future. We will fight aggressively for those who suffer from scooter injuries, whether they are the rider or just a passerby. Our goal is to obtain full and fair compensation for all of your injuries, including medical costs, lost income, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. If you have been injured in an accident involving scooters in Chicago, contact our experienced team at 312-804-6102 for a free consultation.

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