Listen Now: Sinking Scooters: Why These E-Vehicles End Up In Lakes and Rivers
The electric scooter was meant to make life easier, but people aren’t hopping on board.
Electric scooters, designed to get you from point A to point B have been popping up in cities nationwide, with companies such as Lime, Uber, Bird and Lyft leading the way. They can be an alternative to traffic jams. But it’s often having the opposite effect, with people so sick of seeing them everywhere that they’re trying to get rid of them.
So instead of being lined up on street corners, they’re being discovered at the bottom of lakes and ponds. Last week the sheriff’s office in Portland, Oregon was conducting a training exercise when they came across a scooter in the river. By the end of the day more than fifty e-scooters and even a few ride share bikes had been recovered.
And in cities where the closest body of water won’t work as a burial ground, people are finding other ways to dispose of them such as burying scooters in the sand or covering them with human droppings.
Better make sure you still have those walking shoes.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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