Everyone living in a bigger City will have a hard time overlooking the army of electric scooters that have shaped the cities scape for several weeks now. Unfortunately, since I don't use them myself, I'm tempted to find them extremely redundant and that's not due to my hesitation about fast tools of transportation. Maybe they are a missing puzzle piece in urban mobility? However, I have my reservations. Interesting about most providers: The data of the scooters are available, thanks to open data policy. This means that the movements, downtimes and distances traveled are easy to comprehend and analyze. And that's exactly what some have already done. It is hardly surprising that the average distance traveled is exactly between walking (0.9 km) and cycling (3.4 km).
Especially in Hamburg, where there are actually only 3 ½ metro and 2 ½ S Bahn lines or in Berlin, where all roads are just incredible long, I actually feel a little immobile without a bike sometimes. Im terms of environmental issues, the e-scooter is rather disappointing. Although the locomotion is 'emission-free', but of course the scooters must also be loaded, for which they are collected by car. You can see where this goes ... The average life of a scooter moves, depending on the source, is between one and six months – the truth is probably somewhere in between. If you now put the production of scooters, the charging and repairing in relation to the saved trips with cars and an average of 2-3 borrowing a day (as a data analysis found out), a positive impact on the environment remains questionable to me..