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As you all noticed seems like eScooters became issue on Irish roads. Well are eScooters issue on Irish roads or it just looks like they are? Generally looking they shouldn’t be problem at all but they might look like problem because few irresponsable users and some other people that want to show them as a problem.
Wheels size and suspension
There is no need to talk about wheels size and suspension too much. It is true that smaller wheels and bumpy roads aren’t great fit but we need to be aware that for example in-line skates and skateboards have tiny wheels and no suspension too. They all can gain quite high speeds and aren’t illegal because of safety issues. Speed Skating competitors on world games gain over 40km/h easy and we tested ourself and gained over 20km/h on in-line skates, skateboard and kick scooter with just a little bit more effort. Of course there are injuries but mostly by doing stunts not by just normal everyday commute. So using excuse of wheels size and suspension to ban eScooters and other eRides is just stupid.
Skateboarding is clearly faster than walking: Our observations at UC Davis found that skateboarders travel between 10 and 21 km/h, with an average of 16 km/h. According to a study conducted by Rollerblade, people tend to inline skate at cruising speeds that vary from about 13 km/h to about 26 km/k. If you're on the slow end of that spectrum, you should be able to skate 1 mile in about seven minutes and 30 seconds. Average kick scooter speed is 16 km/h.
Being visible and being seen is usually misunderstood. If some vehicle weren’t seen that doesn’t mean its not visible enough. If you don’t look properly you wont see but in case of accident people usually won’t say they didn’t look. In most cases they will say that they didn’t see and it makes big difference. So you didn’t see because you didn’t look or because it wasn’t visible? If vehicle isn’t visible it is more dangerous on roads but if someone didn’t look then that person is dangerous on roads. Every day we walk, cycle, scoot or drive in town. Do you ever notice how much people look at their phones and don’t look where they are walking? Well we did and we have hour of videos proving that and loads of footage of close calls.
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Lately all attention is on Mr. Shane Ross and his decision on eRides and his latest statements are worrying loads of eRiders because it looks like all safety issues are on eRiders. It looks like he is trying to present eScooters and other eRides as danger on roads and he is so wrong here. We agree that eRiders need to mind other road users and use road safety but shouldn’t everybody do that or just eScooters? Why does it seem that in case of any eScooter accident its always eScooters rider fault? If someone is crossing road and is trying to see upcoming vehicle with peripheral vision he will only see bigger objects like cars, buses, maybe motorbikes but hardly bicycle or almost impossible scooters. So if accident happens because someone didn’t do a proper check and used just peripheral vision then its his fault. Mr. Shane Ross its not always eScooters fault. We can mind other people but if they don’t mind themselves then we cant do too much no matter how much we try.
Is Mr. Shane Ross right person for the job? Well we would like to believe that he is but it doesn’t look like that. Year ago he said eScooters aren’t so popular so its not urgent to deal with issue. Now year later looks like he is delaying decision as much as he can and if Ireland wants to keep an track with modern technologies then it needs modern politicians. Removing eRides from roads wont change way other people act on roads. Those ones that don’t do proper check before crossing road or changing lanes just wont be hitted by eScooters. They will be hitted by bus or truck. How many people got killed by eScooter? How many got killed by bus or truck? So Mr. Shane Ross if you think that banning eScooters is solution here you’re really wrong and we honestly hope you’ll finally understand this and legalise eScooters and other eRides on Irish roads.