“We’ve seen the program explode,” Young said, adding that the city plans to end the pilot in August and will allow four companies to operate dockless rental scooters.
Graham Coreil-Allen, a West Baltimore artist, said he uses the scooters daily to get to and from his neighborhood bus station.
“A lot of Baltimorians don’t have access to cars, so this a fair way to provide affordable access.”
E-scooter companies charge about $1 to unlock and an additional 15 cents per minute of riding.
But the war over e-scooters is causing rifts in many cities.
Some have become so fed up with e-scooters that they have started vandalizing them. According to the Los Angeles Times, e-scooters in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills have been crammed into toilets, tossed off balconies or set on fire. Police have called it an all-out guerrilla war against the devices.
Some cities are still reluctant to embrace them.
In New York, e-bikes, and e-scooters are now legal, but scooter rental companies won’t be setting up shop in Manhattan due to restrictions, and in Philadelphia, the city council has not decided whether to allow e-scooters on city roads.
But supporters, like Coreil-Allen, are confident in the future of transportation and hope that e-scooters not only remain but grow in numbers and usage. He said for him there is really no debate — it’s either two wheels, or no wheels, for him.
“My only hope,” he said, “is that we can have more scooters available for riders in all neighborhoods.”