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The number of electric scooters in Oslo is expected to increase this summer. Will chaos ensue?

Electric scootersPhoto: Geir Olsen / NTB

Electric scooter operator Bolt expects another year of growing numbers of electric scooters in Oslo, newspaper E24 reports. Bolt also fears that there will be scooter-related chaos in the city.

According to the analysis company Fluctuo, there is now about one electric scooter per every fifty citizens in Oslo, which is the highest number in Europe, when divided by the number of inhabitants, according to the newspaper.

And there may be even more electric scooters this summer.

“We fear that there may be 20,000 to 25,000 electric scooters this year. It will be chaos,” David Mothander at Bolt told the newspaper.

Shared fears

He fears that this will create so much clutter that the industry risks both politicians and people turning against it. 

The operators Tier and Voi share Mothander’s fears.

The City Council is introducing daily prices for the placement of vehicles. The zones closest to the city center will then have the highest prices, and it will thus be expensive for the operators to have too many scooters there.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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2 Comments on "The number of electric scooters in Oslo is expected to increase this summer. Will chaos ensue?"

  1. Sujata Prabhu | 18. May 2021 at 08:47 | Reply

    The electric scooters run haphazardly on the streets. They violate all rules. On 17th May a guy in a drunken state crossed the road on his electric scooter on the streets of Bogstadveien while cars were moving Later on I saw him fall of his scooter on the pavement.
    Who would be responsible if this had happened on the main driving road. Sometimes the scooters are dumped on pavements which creates an ugly sight for pedestrians.

  2. Sid Stivland | 18. May 2021 at 13:18 | Reply

    Some of these problems have already appeared here in the US. In some cities, injuries related to electric scooters have increased significantly. The causes include collisions with pedestrians, inexperienced riders, excessive speed on sidewalks, failure to adhere to traffic laws, and failure to park the scooters safely (which creates trip hazards for others).

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