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« Reply #195 on: July 25, 2022, 05:43:51 pm »

This video of a young lady pouring a cup of tea whilst riding a prototype escooter (and hands-off and one-legged) aims to demonstrate the vehicle's stability. Though Hanna Rosa cautions against some of her own antics, I wonder whether riders of less-frisky machines may be tempted to emulate her. And her "test-track" looks remarkably smooth compared with the reality of roads and pavements. How would the prototype cope with these, I wonder.
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« Reply #196 on: July 25, 2022, 07:05:17 pm »

It's a very wide tea cup. Looks she might have spilled her tea with a more normally shaped cup. I'm wondering if the stability is something purely mechanical (something gyroscopic?) or electronic, but whatever it is, a more stable scooter sounds like a good idea.
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« Reply #197 on: July 26, 2022, 05:53:05 am »

In Halfords in Chippenham yesterday ... eScooter for sale, with a label pointing out that it's only legal to use on private property with the property owner's permission.  As we were there to get legal wheeled transport to work (next door to the police station!), we left with lights to add to the bicycles  Grin
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« Reply #198 on: July 26, 2022, 08:58:21 pm »

Meanwhile, another person has died in London after the e-scooter he was riding was in collision with a car, according to the Evening Standard.

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n e-scooter rider died following a collision with a car in Tower Hamlets.

Officers rushed to Manilla Street at 5.40pm on Sunday following reports of a crash.

The rider, a 32-year-old man, was taken to an east London hospital.

Despite the best efforts of medical staff he was pronounced dead at 8.35pm.

His family have been informed.

The driver of the blue Kia failed to stop at the scene. The vehicle has now been located but enquiries are ongoing to track down the driver.

There is nothing to suggest that this wouldn't have happened had the unfortunate man been riding a bicycle rather than a scooter.

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« Reply #199 on: July 26, 2022, 09:49:14 pm »

This video of a young lady pouring a cup of tea whilst riding a prototype escooter (and hands-off and one-legged) aims to demonstrate the vehicle's stability. Though Hanna Rosa cautions against some of her own antics, I wonder whether riders of less-stable machines may be tempted to emulate her. And her "test-track" looks remarkably smooth compared with the reality of roads and pavements. How would the prototype cope with these, I wonder.
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« Reply #200 on: September 15, 2022, 01:13:14 pm »

Kent bans escooters

Misleading intro, later qualified.
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« Reply #201 on: September 15, 2022, 01:32:42 pm »

Students riding outside the usable zones & on pavements. Ran over pensioner, photos showing nasty injuries.
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« Reply #202 on: Yesterday at 03:28:25 pm »

An idiot several times over: https://www.basingstokegazette.co.uk/news/national/23014980.e-scooter-rider-caught-motorway-told-police-following-sat-nav/
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« Reply #203 on: Today at 09:54:11 am »

A wider view on e-scooters https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/oct/02/we-may-tut-at-e-scooters-but-they-are-not-a-menace-we-should-fear
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« Reply #204 on: Today at 11:58:43 am »

I have a friend who cycles around London and has moaned about being cut up by e-scooters in cycle lanes. Recently she bought her husband, in his mid-40s, one because he has a health condition that deters him from using public transport. On an early ride he came off quite nastily when he lost his balance when signalling a turn. (This is the main reason for my posting - an e-scooterist actually signalling  Roll Eyes?)  His wife was behind him on her bike and together they went to a nearby pharmacy for him to be patched up.
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« Reply #205 on: Today at 05:24:45 pm »

Voi hire scooters have flashing indicators and yes, some riders at least do use them. But as with car drivers, some use them the wrong direction and more don't cancel them (I don't think they have self-cancelling, I'm not sure they even have a tell-tale for the rider).
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