You’ll see countless of people riding them everywhere downtown. Rentable e-scooters are the new addition to the different kinds of transportation in the city, and many people seem to love them.
“They’re electric, and so it’s easy for people to ride them and get around with them, and they can get there faster, without polluting the air,” said scooter rider, Meghan Wine.
The scooters arrived in Salt Lake City at the end of June this year, with the intention of being eco-friendly alternative to cars and an efficient way to get people to places.
“Ya! I think it’s a great idea for people to get around faster!” said scooter rider, Anne Wright.
You can grab one off the street at almost any time of day, and all you need in order to access one is a drivers license, a cellphone, and an installed application.
The new, rentable scooters can reach speeds of up to 15 miles per hour and have a range of about 15 miles on a single charge. Riders are charged one dollar to have access to the scooter, plus 15 cents per minute of use.
But not everyone has the same perspective on the scooters. Until July 20th, the companies Bird and Lime did not have a set of license agreement with the city. This has caused a lot of tension between the companies and the public.
“I have seen some broken scooters on the streets,” said Provo resident, Karin Ghou.
“They’re a clutter for the city and not very necessary,” said Matthew Davis, Salt Lake City resident.