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Majority of German citizens against e-scooter use, survey

Improper parking of e-scooters makes mobility extremely difficult for blind and partially sighted people. A majority of citizens have suggested banning e-scooters.

Majority of German citizens against e-scooter use, survey
Majority of German citizens against e-scooter use, survey


The majority of German citizens do not like electric scooters and many have never used them. This result was revealed in a survey conducted by YouGov for the German news agency DPA. According to the survey, slightly more than half (51 percent) of adults in Germany have a very negative attitude toward e-scooters, while 61 percent of respondents believe that road safety has improved since e-scooters were allowed on German roads in 2019. The situation has worsened.

71% of the respondents said that they have never used an e-scooter while 12% said that they have ridden only once. Only 10 percent of people use scooters occasionally and five percent ride them frequently.

A further 76 percent of respondents believed that e-scooters should be parked in designated areas, with thirteen percent recommending the roadside and twelve percent using footpaths as parking spaces. A large number of e-scooters can be found in large and medium-sized cities in Germany. These are especially causing difficulties for the elderly and the visually impaired.

Jens-Peter Kruse from the German National Association of Senior Citizens Organization said that improperly parked scooters are causing a lot of problems for older people. “In some cases e-scooters are parked in an outrageous manner, for example on top of cycle paths and footpaths,” Cruz said, explaining, “These are visually impaired. “There is a huge danger to people, but also to all those who use the cycle path in the dark.”

Christian Müller, deputy executive director of the Association for the Blind and Partially Sighted in Germany, says her organization is currently “initiating trials for the implementation of designated parking spaces” in the cities of Bremen, Münster and Berlin. is doing

According to Müller, “There have been so many incidents with blind and visually impaired people that some of them dare not go out on the street alone for fear of falling on nearby scooters. This is no longer acceptable.” Is.”

Paris banned e-scooters in September of this year, after a citizen poll found 89 percent opposed to e-scooters. According to a YouGov poll, only 37 percent of citizens want e-scooters to be allowed to rent in German cities, while 44 percent favor banning them.

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