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7/18: Temporary ban electrical steps

7/18: Temporary ban electrical steps


The City of San Francisco (USA) ordered three start-ups to withdraw their electric steps from sidewalks. Walkers had made complaints. Web developer Carol Scott was one of the citizens who tweeted to officials: “Our sidewalks are supposed to be for walkers, joggers and wheelchair users”. This was her message she said to news provider Business Insider.   

The three start-ups are planning to spend $ 225 million into a system of electric steps, or razor scooters as they are also called. The last months these vehicles were introduced and made their entrance on sidewalks. They can be hired for a small amount and be dropped anywhere. The plan is to expand throughout the US.

In Dutch newspaper Trouw (3 July 2018) US-based journalist Bas den Hond describes the introduction elsewhere. In Denver for instance. People got angry and dumped the vehicles in a garbage container. But others love this so called ‘shared service’. According to the article the step has a maximum speed of 23 kilometers per hour. The ban in SF is only temporary, as City officials are preparing a new policy for this type of vehicles.

30 July 2018

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