Woman Injured on Day 1 of Brookline Scooter Initiative
Brookline, MA– It may look like your kid's old Razor scooter, but make no mistake, these things can go fast. Bodily injury is a real risk, especially for first-time electric scooter riders.
Yesterday, Brookline kicked off its pilot program for dockless electric scooter rentals. The program was touted as a cost-effective, green, and innovative way to reduce the amount of cars on the road and improve people's commutes around town.
On the very first day of the program, during what should have been a simple demonstration of the awesome power of the scooter, a woman injured herself, according to CBS Boston. She was treated at the scene and taken to the hospital in an ambulance, but is expected to make a full recovery. Luckily, she was wearing a helmet. While helmets are not required if you are older than 16, they are highly recommended.
Heather Hamilton of the Brookline Board of Selectmen said, “I would just urge everyone to go slow. If you have not ridden on a scooter like this, practice before you just take it out on the road. That’s why we started in a parking lot.”
The scooters can go up to 15 miles per hour, and while that may not seem very fast, there are some safety risks associated with riding. According to Consumer Reports, an estimated 1,500 people across the country have been hurt in an e-scooter-related crash since late 2017. Officials simply warn riders to take it easy at the start.
While there may be some safety risks involved, Brookline residents believe there's no reason this can't be a successful program. Scott Englander of the Brookline Transportation Board was one of the first to take a ride. “I think it’s just a very practical option,” he said. “I’ve used scooters when I’ve traveled elsewhere, like Mexico City for example. I think it’s great to have yet another way for people to travel sustainably around town.”
PSA: wear a helmet and maybe practice braking before you take off.