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First Month Report Card for Year Two of Chicago E-Scooter Program

Posted on in E-Scooter Injuries

Chicago scooter injury lawyerWe are now a month into the second round of Chicago’s experimental program to test the efficiency and usefulness of electric scooters in the city. City officials have been looking at e-scooters as an environmentally friendly way for people to move around the city without using buses, cars, and other transportation options that rely on fossil fuels. E-scooters are also faster and easier than walking on Chicago’s streets.

The first round of the e-scooter pilot program took place late last summer and into the fall. The second round started in August of this year and is expected to run until December. With the first month of the second test program now in the books, it seems that the novelty of e-scooters may be wearing off, despite an uptick in overall trips.

More Rides Taken, But…

This year’s program put nearly four times as many e-scooters on the streets of Chicago compared to last year, with 10,000 scooters made available from three different scooter companies. In the first month of the program last year, riders took about 218,000 trips, with an average trip covering about a mile and a quarter. This year, the first month saw 230,400 trips, and the average trip covered 1.87 miles.

At first glance, these numbers might seem to indicate that the program has grown in popularity since last year. However, last year’s program used only a fraction of the number of scooters that are available this year, and the program ran in a much smaller area of the city. This year, the program covers significantly more city mileage, including target areas on the South Side and West Side.

Each scooter in the program last year was used an average of 4.76 times per day. So far this year, riders are using each scooter an average of 1.42 times per day.

Better Safety Compliance

This year’s version of the program, however, has shown improvement in at least one important area. The three scooter vendors—Lime, Bird, and Spin—were directed by the city to come up with ways to ensure that riders properly and safely secured the scooters after the completion of a ride. The program allows scooters to be locked to bike racks, light poles, retired parking meters, or in designated corrals.

According to a recent press release from Transportation Commissioner Gia Biagi, the locking protocol “has significantly reduced the number of instances of devices blocking sidewalks.” The Chicago Sun-Times reports that scooter-related complaints to the Chicago 311 system have dropped by 60 percent compared to last, largely due to riders securing the scooters properly after their rides. When scooters are left haphazardly on sidewalks, the risk of injury to pedestrians and others increases dramatically.

Injured in Scooter-Related Accident? A Chicago Injury Lawyer Can Help.

If you or someone you love has suffered any type of injuries related to negligence by a scooter rider or an e-scooter vendor in Chicago, the team at Livas Law Group, A Division of Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz, can help you seek compensation. Call 312-804-6102 for a free consultation with one of our experienced Cook County e-scooter injury attorneys today.

 

Sources:

https://chicago.suntimes.com/city-hall/2020/9/16/21440351/electric-scooters-test-pilot-program-chicago-riders

https://news.wttw.com/2020/07/30/bird-lime-spin-offer-scooters-during-chicago-s-second-pilot-program

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