Shared electric kick scooters in urban landscape
Between autumn 2018 and August 2019 in the public space of 9 major cities in Poland (Warsaw, Wroclaw, Poznan, Tri-City, Krakow, Rzeszow, Katowice, Lodz and Kielce) 10 different electric kick scooter sharing services appeared providing a total of almost 10.000 vehicles for immediate rent directly from the street through a mobile app.
Still, this new form of mobility and new mean of transport impacts public space of cities and their residents, mainly because of leaving them in a way that hinders pedestrian traffic and issues of general traffic safety.
Public consultations on new regulations for PLEV (Personal Light Electric Vehicles) lasted until September 9th. That’s why on September 4th we organized workshops aiming at meeting different stakeholders affected by electric kick scooter sharing systems and working out a set of good practices and recommendations on two levels:
– social / public space
– regulatory / legal framework
We also presented the postulates identified during the workshops during the legislative process. In addition, the workshops were an attempt to formulate the principles of responsible use of shared electric kick scooters, which will serve all parties involved – in particular the shared scooters’ providers – to raise awareness about the desired, safe and socially acceptable rules for using electric kick scooters in the common urban space.