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Are e-scooters the best or the worst?

New York City is the latest city to grapple with the viability of e-scooters. Some city-dwellers love e-scooters, saying they are the easiest way to get from place to place quickly. Others loathe e-scooters, arguing they are unsafe and have overtaken major streets and sidewalks. This camp believes e-scooters have to go, while others think they're just getting started. What do you think?

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According to AM New York's Vincent Barone, the New York State Legislature is expected to approve the use of e-scooters and e-bikes state-wide. Although there are a number of stipulations in the legislation in question—including banning the use of e-scooters on greenways and more—lawmakers largely applaud the bill. Barone looks to Brooklyn Councilman Rafael Espinal on the matter:

"This law drastically improves the day-to-day lives of millions of people," Espinal said in a statement. "Whether it's reducing their commutes using environmentally-friendly electric-scooters, or simply being able to efficiently work without receiving a burdensome fine — today is a historic moment for the commuters and workers of New York City and the state as a whole."
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City-goers love e-scooters because of their ease. E-scooters are perfect for taking a quick trip down the street; you don't need to use a car or worry with public transportation. As Wired's Levi Tillemann and Lassor Feasley puts it: 

...these “microbility” services have the potential to solve some of the biggest problems confronting urban and suburban communities.They can expand access to public transportation, reduce our environmental footprint, and save us money. 

Tillemann and Feasley acknowledge the safety concerns e-scooters have created, but the pair argues city-planners should adjust to a world where e-scooters are a regular part of the transportation landscape. 

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The novelty of e-scooters led to widespread early adoption in certain cities, but excitement burned bright and fizzled quickly. Now, some people are so frustrated by dangerous sidewalk congestion from electric scooters that they are actively sabotaging the machines (including smearing the scooters with human poop...).

E-scooters are meant to be used on streets and streets only, yet riders often zip by pedestrians on sidewalks, leading to crashes. Riders are also required to wear helmets, but they rarely do. Take a look at Vice News' coverage below: 

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With few traffic laws in place for e-scooters, drivers and pedestrians worry that the machines make the roads unsafe. E-scooters are a nuisance at best and dangerous at worst.

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