E-Scooter Rides on the Rise, Along with Accidents

They can be fun, easy to rent and a way to avoid traffic congestion.

“I’m a big believer that the e-scooter sharing system is going to have a big impact on our transit needs and the way we get around town,” said Miami Commissioner Ken Russell, who pushed for a pilot program to bring e-scooters to certain parts of his district including Brickell, Coconut Grove and Downtown Miami.

Russell says about a half million riders have hopped on e-scooters in the city so far this year.

In Fort Lauderdale, one of the first cities in Florida to have them, more than a million miles have been ridden on e-scooters since November. 

“We can’t come to Downtown if we don’t get a scooter,” said Patricia Hernandez while renting e-scooters with her friends. “We really, really love them.”

But they can also be dangerous.

NBC 6 investigates how many accidents have happened in our area and why some are calling for more oversight on Monday night at 11 on NBC 6 and NBC6.com.

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