Luxembourg city not happy with e-scooters
Two days after the introduction of the electric Bird scooters in Luxembourg, the city has threatened to remove them for safety reasons. Local authorities have reserved the right “to ban them if they occupy public space or endanger the safety of pedestrians or other road users”.
Since Tuesday morning, 360 e-scooters appeared in two districts of the city center. Until then, the capital was saved from the phenomenon. In other European cities and the US, those new means of transport have given authorities significant concerns; some of them, like Seattle in the US or Milan in Italy, even banned them after a test phase with a negative outcome.
The city of Luxembourg emphasizes “it applauds the advent of new modes of transport”, but it regrets the lack of information about the free-floating e-scooters.
“Demand is high, though,” says Bird’s spokesperson in its defense, “given the number of people who already used our service (in only two days, e.n.).
Also, in other European cities, the use of e-scooters is booming, although experts state they won’t be able to keep cars from the streets. The exponential growth is also causing an increasing safety issue.
Bird, with its European headquarters in Paris, is present in 100 cities worldwide. The company has the ambition to exploit 1.000 e-scooters in Luxembourg. It’s the only e-scooter platform operational in Luxembourg since Troty stopped its activities after a few months at the beginning of this year.
Other than the e-scooters, the capital of Luxembourg has a bus network and a tram line, still under construction, but also a service of shared cars and e-bikes.