But city overlords have another, perhaps quieter, constituency to satisfy: scooter fans. According to a new, multi-city study of residents’ perceptions of electric scooters, this group is actually quite larger and less tech bro-y than its critics might assume.
“You assure a lot in the news about electric scooters and cities’ concerns around visual clutter, ” says Regina Clewlow, a longtime transportation planner whose new data-crunching startup Populus wrote the report. “It has become a narrative, but it’s not supported by facts.”
The study, which surveyed 7,000 -person in 10 cities, found that over half the population in every place examined had a “positive opinion” of scooters in the period between May and July of this year. In some cities–Atlanta, Austin, Denver, Chicago, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles-over 70 percent of residents feel good about scooters.( In San Francisco, though, merely 52 percent of respondents supported the things, which might explain all the feces.