Electric scooters are on the rise in the region as part of efforts to reduce car traffic. They may make things more convenient, but they are also dangerous.
Dr. Ian Tan’s body is still healed after becoming unconscious in a standing e-scooter two weeks ago. Scabs and bruises remain on his arms, elbows and legs.
“I feel like I’ve been raped,” he said. “It’s hard to take a deep breath, but fortunately I didn’t die.”
It happened at Riverside Park, where even electric scooters are banned. But a 7 On Your Side survey found that it didn’t stop people.
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The Hudson River Greenway counted 20 electric scooters in just 20 minutes, despite the off-limits sign on the route.
Bicycle lanes and roads with speed limits below 30 mph are permitted.
“In reality, everyone knows that the law isn’t in force,” said Dr. Tan.
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According to officials, there have been 575 electric scooter accidents across New York City since last year, most of which are injured, but not usually those who drive scooters.
More than 400 cyclists and 94 pedestrians were injured.
“These scooters are faster and more powerful. Everyone knows speed kills,” said Dr. Tan.
Many are worried that the situation will only get worse, and next month the city will launch a pilot program in Bronx.
Three different scooter companies rent electric ride-sharing scooters throughout the area, much like you can rent a bike.
Hopefully it could be deployed throughout the city.
“People don’t have to use their own car,” said city councilman Fernando Cabrera. “It’s easy to get around and it’s eco-friendly.”
Cabrera believes this will alleviate congestion and provide a new way to commute to those who are not near public transport or who do not have a car.
“That’s why this pilot program is so important to understanding best practices,” he said.
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However, Dr. Sarah Jamison, an emergency outpatient doctor at St. Barnabas Hospital in Bronx, encourages people to think twice before using it.
“It’s very dangerous,” she said. “A helmet must be worn. You need to protect your head. Your head is a place of frequent injuries and fatalities.”
Frank Esposito, a data journalist at ABC, contributed to this article.
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