A woman in Lenton claims she was nearly “wiped out” by one of the “dangerous” new e-scooters.
Kate Loewenthal said her legs “turned to jelly” and she was lucky not to end up in the hospital after the incident that “terrified her”.
The 51-year-old was walking on Harlaxton Drive in Lenton at around 4:30 p.m. on December 31, when an e-scooter “flew down” a sidewalk.
Fortunately, the rider missed her – but Ms. Loewenthal said it could have turned out quite differently.
She said, “I would definitely have ended up in A&E on New Years Eve if I hadn’t been quick enough to avoid it.
“But I swear to God, if it had been a child or an elderly person, they would have been utterly wiped out.”
She said it was dark when the “careless” driver came down the hill, passed and crossed the street before continuing at the junction with Derby Road.
“I had to jump back to avoid him and he didn’t stop in the slightest and there was absolutely no sign of him slowing,” said the chairwoman of the Lenton Drive and Neighbors Residents’ Association
“I’m sure I yelled at him because it scared him.”
The previous yellow WIND driving devices have been replaced by the so-called “industry-leading” LINK e-scooters from Superpedestrian in order to allay concerns about public safety.
In the last few weeks the neon yellow and gray LINK e-scooters have been launched.
The minimum age for renting an e-scooter has been raised to 18 to bring the program in line with other major UK cities, including London.
But Loewenthal said the new e-scooters were “more dangerous”.
She said, “I see people riding on the sidewalk and I still see them left all over Lenton.
“They’re bulkier than before – they’re even more dangerous.”
She added, “They’re just an absolute nuisance and I don’t understand what improvements have been made to make them safer and stop people from using them on the sidewalk.”
E-scooter bosses warned against driving on sidewalks and said that they will track down the driver who has endangered Ms. Loewenthal.
In response to the concerns, Jean Andrews, Policy Director (UK and Ireland) at Superpedestrian said: “Wind Mobility (UK) and Superpedestrian are absolutely clear: e-scooter drivers are not allowed to drive on the sidewalks.
“The vast majority of our drivers understand that driving on the road is prohibited.
“We communicate this important safety message in the app, which the drivers use to access our scooters, and print it out on the scooter ourselves.
“We backed this message with a safety education campaign that ran across Nottingham in December, covering digital billboards across the city and in the local newspaper.
“But even an incident like this is one too many.
“As we refine our unique geofencing technology, we will track down this driver and issue the appropriate penalty.
“We encourage the public to contact us about unsafe journeys. We investigate all incidents.
“Our customer service details are printed on each scooter, along with a highly visible scooter registration number.
“A first-time violation leads to a warning; Repeat offenders will be suspended or banned.
“We would be delighted to welcome Lenton DNRA members to our operations center in Nottingham to learn more about our safety technology and initiatives, and to share their ideas on how to further improve our service.”
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