Seven things no one tells you before you ride an electric scooter

Fast but never frantic, e-scooters are hugely popular overseas and could be a good alternative to gas-guzzling cars and busy buses.

While you still can’t legally ride your own e-scooter on public roads and sidewalks, there are several programs where you can rent one.

With news that the Department of Transportation is in talks to expand the rollout of its e-scooter rental programs – with the number of e-scooters on the road expected to increase by 75 percent – here’s what I’ve learned to ride on a…

1. Everyone wants to try

When I rocked out in front of the school gate on an e-scooter for the first time, all the other parents flocked to me with their children and wanted to have a look. They have a certain cult status.

2. We have our own secret codes

There is a secret, silent way of affirming with other e-scooter users. We often give a quick nod when we pass each other.

3. You have to get used to the start-up jerk

You can drive very fast at the push of a button. So if you are not used to them, you can easily jump forward and have an accident. As with a bicycle or car, it is the driver’s responsibility to make proper choices on roads, bike lanes or bike lanes (you cannot ride on sidewalks). E-scooters typically have a top speed of 15 mph, but you have to be careful and it’s easy to get carried away. Seven things no one tells you before you ride an electric scooter

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