A worried mother urged electric scooter riders to be more careful of pedestrians after one of them collided with her young son’s stroller with him.
Georgie Martin had just dropped her two daughters at school, when a person driving an electric scooter collided with the stroller, reports Bristol Live.
In the stroller at the time was a one-year-old son, Solomon, who luckily was not injured in the collision.
The 34-year-old woman from Knowle claims a woman on a Voi scooter was crossing the road on the other side, before suddenly crossing a flood of pedestrians and hitting her pram in the process.
“It’s not safe and it’s not fair for people who want to walk,” Georgie explained, “and if you’re new to town it could be really dangerous.
“Especially with kids too, what if they go out, you know? They’re unpredictable, kids.
“I just think people are getting way too close and they don’t think about what might happen.”
She said she reported the incident to Voi and the police, but because the woman driving the scooter left no details, it’s difficult to take action.
And she doesn’t think the woman’s reaction was good enough either, because even though she briefly paused to ask if Georgie was okay, she left the place soon after.
“She was probably in shock”
Georgie said: “I think in all fairness to her, she was probably in shock herself, but she should have got off her scooter and she should have come across the road, and she should have gotten off her scooter. stopping to make sure everything was okay.
“If that was me, I wouldn’t leave until I knew this person was okay.”
And after the accident, Georgie thinks Voi needs to toughen the rules for users and their surveillance.
The Swedish ‘micromobility’ company started a trial in Bristol in 2020, allowing people to legally ride their orange electric scooters in many parts of the city with certain restrictions such as an age limit.
It offers a range of information and advice on its website and app, including a ‘safety toolkit’ explaining how to properly operate electric scooters and help keep others safe.
One thing Georgie wants to see introduced is a device that could temporarily stop a scooter if it is involved in a collision.
She also believes that people who ride scooters should be required to wear helmets.
Voi has a selfie system on its app where users can show they are wearing a helmet and earn loyalty points, as an incentive to wear one, but this is not a requirement.
Its scooters should only be used on cycle tracks and roads and can travel up to 15.5mph, although speed is limited to 5mph in some areas, or 0mph outside the test area. .
The company can block users who break its rules and uses geolocation technology to create no, slow, and forced parking zones.
A spokesperson for Voi said: “Voi’s number one priority is always the safety of its drivers, pedestrians and other road users. Therefore, it is sad to learn that this unacceptable incident has occurred.
“Voi adapts license plates to all of its electric scooters so that they can be easily identified, offers online and in-person safety training, as well as a strict ‘three-strike’ policy whereby incidents occur. ‘abuse will result in warnings, fines, and even bans.
“We expect all Voi passengers to act responsibly to ensure their safety and the safety of others, and we urge people to report any incidents of abuse directly to the police or through the ‘ Report a Voi ‘ page.”
The spokesperson confirmed that the incident had been reported to them, adding: “We are working hard to identify the rider as well as how we can improve security at this location.
“Once all of the facts of the incident are established, following an investigation, we will determine if action should be taken against the individual as a result.”
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