E-Scooters Make Their Way to North Lawndale
On June 15th, Chicago introduced its residents to a new way to get around the city: E-Scooters. Recently, there has been a strong presence of these scooters, especially in the North Lawndale neighborhood.
Like Divvy bikes, E-Scooters can be rented out by anyone with the respective vendor’s smart phone app. People can utilize these services on a need-basis, as long as they have the money for it. Vendors include Lyft and Uber.
There are mixed reviews about the E-Scooters. E-Scooters are still new to the city so it is inevitable for some Chicagoans to be unsure on how to use these scooters.
Latricia, a North Lawndale local who rode E-Scooters before, claims she has ridden E-Scooters in Wisconsin and Tennessee.
“I like all forms of transportation… I think [the] scooters are a great asset to the community.”
Jessica, born and raised in North Lawndale, expressed her view on the E-Scooters.
“I don’t know how I feel about them. I didn’t even ride a scooter when I was younger. Now that I am grown, I don’t want to ride a scooter to go anywhere,” Jessica said, later adding that she will not consider riding an E-Scooter any time soon.
“I always see them lying around at random places… two were just in the alley. How can you just leave them right there?,” she said.
Dr. P.S. Sriraj, the Director of The Urban Transportation Center, says “as [E-Scooters] become more prevalent [over time], and more widely available over a larger area opposed to the limited pilot program right now.”
“[Safety] needs to be reinforced. You have to have a good education and awareness about the do’s and don’ts of operating a scooter. They get carried away by assuming I’ve ridden a bike before, it’s not going to be any different.”
The E-Scooter Pilot Program will end on October 15, 2019. More information regarding Chicago’s E-Scooter Pilot Program can be found here.