MONTREAL — Canadians may be known for their uber politeness. But the scooters hitting their streets seem to be bringing out their dark side.
Canadians are throwing them into pools, trashing them on sidewalks and complaining they are an ugly intrusion onto public sidewalks. Officials are more concerned. They worry about public safety, noting that there are over a dozen deaths due to scooters in North America. Meanwhile, some Canadians — oblivious to the risks — are whizzing down Canada’s (soon-to-be-icy) streets without helmets or protective gear.
Here are some of the noteworthy scooter incidents in The Great White North:
- For some scooter riders, their new wheels have come with a painful price. As reported in Global News on Aug. 2, 2019, emergency room Dr. Eddy Lang said that people are falling off scooters and injuring their upper extremities, including wrists and elbows. Lang, an associate professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine, is studying the number of hospital visits linked to e-scooters. According to the study so far, 60 patients were admitted to Calgary emergency rooms suffering scooter-related injuries, including fractures and even some head injuries.
- Then there’s the issue of scooter clutter. A big concern for areas where e-scooters have been introduced, including Calgary, Edmonton and Montreal over the summer, is abandoned scooters. Alex Bigazzi, assistant professor of civil engineering and planning at the University of British Columbia, told the National Post that there is a need for patience — in the midst of local complaints. “The scooters cluttering the streets, some of them getting destroyed, this is part of a disruption that we’re kind of as a sector, as an industry, trying to sort out and deal with,” Bigazzi told the National Post.
- Complaints in Montreal, according to Global News, include that scooter riders are not wearing helmets, which is required by law in Montreal. According to the news site, Montreal had received multiple complaints about scooters per day over the first two weeks that Lime e-scooters rolled onto the streets and sidewalks of the city.
- The Edmonton Journal reported that the Alberta legislature grounds wading pool was closed in late August after two scooters were left in the water. The pool was closed for testing, according to the news site, since scooters are electronic and use batteries and chemicals, there’s a possibility of water contamination.
- Scooter drama is on the rise. Bird Grave Yard on Instagram asks people to send them photos or video “if a Bird or Lime scooter has died.” It features more than 400 posts of scooter death. The account has 107,000 followers — and keeps growing.
While the scooter revolution is not without benefits, it does have many Canadians shaking their heads.
© CityAge 2019