Thanks to electric scooters
, we can rediscover cities with little effort. For urban skaters
, they are the key to formidable freedom! They can be picked up wherever we are and dropped off wherever it suits, traffic jams are history and are a more ecological
alternative to cars. An eco-mobility
Yet by watching these scooters and their pilots in the street (unpredictable zig-zags across the road, dangerous trajectories through roundabouts, scooters abandoned in the middle of sidewalks), I cannot help but feel they embody a rather large dose of the “I don’t give a damn”, “After me, the deluge”, or “Move over, I’m coming through” attitude.
So is the self-service scooter a concentrate of urban individualism? This is at least what philosopher Eric Sadin
“Nothing has been set up (editor’s note: by governing bodies), roads have not been prepared, pick-up and drop-off locations haven’t either, speed limits have not been set. We have watched users spontaneously taking over sidewalks, disregarding other people’s paths in favour of their own and going so far as to cause collisions and injuries. There has been a string of incivilities of all kinds, particularly random parking,” he writes.