Our town has had contracts with two different companies, Bird and now Spin, to leave them lying all over the city for people to use. In that context, bleh - those rental ones get abused and abandoned and I feel like they’re an eyesore. It’s a college town with a downtown area with a substantial drinking culture so you can imagine where those thing end up.
In terms of owning one, from a day-to-day usability perspective and as people have mentioned, a safety perspective, I’d probably look harder at a bike; especially an e-bike if part of the appeal is not showing up to work sweaty. Something about the riding position on those scooters seems like it makes falls more dangerous. Also, to drivers you register more as a pedestrian and when you suddenly launch into a crosswalk at high speeds they aren’t ready.
That’s my $0.02. One of my co-workers makes his daily commute on an e-bike that wasn’t horribly expensive and he loves it. It’s about four miles each way for him and it’s been rock solid so far.
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