More than 1,000 people in the past two years have been injured while riding dockless electric scooters that have popped up in D.C. and in most major U.S. cities, according to a new study from Consumer Reports.
The dockless app-based shared scooters are already on the streets in Alexandria, Arlington and the District. And these scooters will likely come to Fairfax County despite concerns from county leaders.
D.C. is set to see a surge in dockless scooters and bike-share bicycles after a dozen companies applied for the city’s new permits. The number of applicants by last week’s deadline surprised even the District Department of Transportation.
A ride on a dockless electric scooter left a local 27-year-old rider hospitalized. And though the companies that make the scooters urge their riders to wear helmets, some health experts are seeing a rise in emergency room visits due to injuries while on the scooters.
Signs in front of George Mason University’s Arlington campus in Virginia Square direct dockless electric scooter riders to park the vehicles at a nearby bike rack, rather than abandoning them at random.
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