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San Francisco shows the folly of an e-scooter free-for-all

Roger Davies, Kendal LA9
20 December 2019
E-scooters: legal in California but still illegal in Britain. Let’s keep it that way, says Roger Davies
E-scooters: legal in California but still illegal in Britain. Let’s keep it that way, says Roger Davies

 

I do a lot of my thinking wandering along the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Not only is it a most pleasant, wide, palm-lined boulevard but, the city being at the forefront of technology, you get to see how future ideas actually perform. 

With the priority given to pedestrians at road crossings and slow traffic speeds, the last thing you are under any risk from while walking along the Embarcadero is a car. Instead, as a pedestrian, you have to run the gauntlet of cyclists, as here, on the...

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