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Au Revoir! Paris Votes Out E-Scooters in a Push for Safer Streets

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Electric scooters have officially been banned in Paris.

According to Time Out, 15,000 scooters disappeared from the streets of Paris simultaneously on June 1. This comes five years after France became the first European country to introduce shared electric scooters.

Electric scooter rental services in Paris have been popular among students and the younger generation under the age of 35. However, since its launch, the service has been at the center of controversy. The reasons were that it posed a threat to the safety of citizens and illegal parking damaging the city’s aesthetics.

To prevent accidents, strict scooter-related regulations were introduced three years ago, but their effect was minimal. Ultimately, last April, the Paris mayor conducted a vote targeting Parisians for the future of the city.

The voter turnout was low at 7.5%, but 90% of the participants voted in favor of banning electric scooters.

Existing scooter rental companies plan to rent bicycles instead of scooters. The French government also plans to encourage bicycle use by expanding bicycle lanes.

While some users have expressed dissatisfaction with the speed of the bicycles, they believe these changes will make the streets of Paris safer.

Daniel Kim
content@viewusglobal.com

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