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Is Dockless Transportation Safe? Why Denver Is Pulling Electric Scooters From the Streets

Posted On: Saturday, July 7, 2018
Is Dockless Transportation Safe?

The new craze hitting the streets and sidewalks of Denver is dockless transportation. Transportation equipment companies are providing bicycles and scooters to consumers to rent for across city transit. Companies, like Lime and Bird, have scooters all over major cities including Denver. Though these companies are providing easier ways to commute in large cities and reducing motor vehicle traffic, they may not be safest ways to commute.

Denver’s Department of Transportation and Denver Public Works have instructed dockless transportation companies to remove all equipment from sidewalks and streets. The request from DDOT was in an effort to create safer ways to access dockless transportation while leaving sidewalks and streets unobstructed. Some companies have complied but for those who have not, Denver Public Works has removed them from the street and fined companies upwards of $150 for each scooter.

Denver Public Works released a statement to the public to remind individuals of safety while riding dockless transportation. City rules and ordinances dictate that those riding scooters are not to ride them in traffic, nor in bike lanes, city parks, and other landmarks. Denver Public Works stresses that riders to practice riding in a controlled manner while on sidewalks and to yield to pedestrians.

Questions About a Personal Injury?

The Mobility Action Plan is an initiative to help create safe sidewalks and streets for the people of Denver. Pedestrians have commented on how scooter riders are zooming down sidewalks, using bikes lanes, and generally being unsafe as they travel. This behavior could potentially cause injury.

If you’ve been injured in a transit accident, you may need a lawyer to help you recover compensation. Contact the Colorado personal injury lawyers at Lampert & Walsh, LLC for legal assistance. Call 720-489-5848 for a consultation.