THE PROSPECT OF travelling past stalled traffic without moving your legs, yet still getting to that meeting on time, has sparked an interest in electric scooters in some urban areas.
Part of their appeal is their green credentials as e-scooters don’t emit greenhouse gases or add to traffic congestion like cars. That said, there is a question mark over how environmentally friendly these rolling pieces of metal really are.
A new study from North Carolina State University found that the emissions produced during the manufacturing, transportation and maintenance of these two-wheeled vehicles surpass some other forms of public transport, such as cycling.
Nevertheless, they still beat cars and look like they’re making a dent here. With more of these personally-owned scooters surfacing in Irish cities, the Road Safety Authority recommended the legislation of e-scooters last week.
Keeping this in mind, we are asking Fora readers this week: Do you think electric scooters are a suitable green alternative mode of transport?