The decision follows a heated debate in the French capital over dealing with the electric scooters that have become ubiquitous since their launch two years ago. The vehicles are popular among commuters and tourists, but critics say they pose risks to pedestrians and cyclists. Paris had imposed a temporary ban on rental scooters earlier this year, but the referendum result makes it permanent. In recent months, numerous European cities have tried different measures to curb the number of electric scooters on roads. This includes restrictions on speed limits, dedicated lanes for riders, and increased fines for violations. But only Paris has gone as far as an outright ban of rental e-scooters from its streets. The move is expected to be closely watched by other cities struggling with similar challenges posed by shared mobility services like e-scooters.
The referendum was widely seen as a victory for anti-scooter campaigners who had argued that the scooters posed a danger to pedestrians and cyclists. However, it remains unclear how the city will now regulate scooters in light of the result. The Paris City Council is reportedly considering an outright ban on e-scooters, while some local politicians have called for more restrictions, such as speed limits or designated lanes. In any case, it seems certain that new regulations are coming soon to protect people from potential accidents and ensure residents can enjoy their city safely and without disruption.
This has led to new laws introduced in the city to reign in the use of electric scooters. The main rule is that riders must have special licenses and stay off pavements and on designated cycle paths where possible. Furthermore, speed limits are now set at 15mph (24km/h) when riding on roads – meaning no more zooming through traffic. A full list of rules can be found on the City Hall website for Paris and other cities across France. These changes have been welcomed by locals who say it makes their commute safer for themselves and other road users, but some people are still concerned about the impact these vehicles could have if not managed properly. Only time will tell whether this regulation will keep everyone safe while allowing riders to enjoy their scooter rides around the city.
The rise of e-scooters also disrupted the lives of pedestrians, as riders often parked them in areas not designed for vehicles. This caused a lot of frustration and raised public safety concerns, with some people arguing that they were becoming an eyesore on city streets. Local authorities began introducing legislation to tackle these issues, including age restrictions on those permitted to ride them and creating designated parking zones. Ultimately, it was decided that only 18+-year-olds would be allowed to rent or use one.
The vote was not binding, but it gave a strong signal to Mayor Hidalgo, who says she will now look into regulating their use – if they are allowed. “We’ll have to find a way for them to be used safely and without obstructing public spaces,” she said in response to the outcome. Despite this setback for e-scooter companies, Paris remains one of the most bike-friendly cities in Europe. There is no indication that any other form of transportation will replace cycling anytime soon.