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E-scooters can be dangerous

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30.07.2019

This week, I discuss legal implications of injuries caused by e-scooter use.

Studies I shared last week indicate that serious injuries are sustained in approximately one of every 5,000 e-scooter uses. And about one in every 22 are pedestrians hit by an e-scooter.

I was not intending to be alarmist. It’s straight forward math to calculate the huge number of e-scooter uses per pedestrian casualty. But it’s a certainty that over time serious injuries will occur.

The statistics were not based on skinned knees. They were based on attendances at hospitals where 19 per cent had fractures over multiple areas of their bodies and 15 per cent had evidence suggestive of a traumatic brain injury.

I understand from news reports that e-scooter use is restricted to designated pathways in Kelowna. But that’s not what I’m seeing.

During a short trip through downtown Kelowna on the weekend, I saw several e-scooters on streets and sidewalks, including two scootering against traffic along Bernard and then zipping onto the sidewalk at Water Street.

Does the value of e-scooters outweigh the public safety risk?

I........

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