Can We Solve the Problem of Greenhouse Emissions?
Electronic scooters have the potential to solve at least one of the major concerns facing the world today: greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon dioxide (CO2) makes up the vast majority of greenhouse gasemissions, but smaller amounts of methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are also considered in the equation. During the combustion of fossil fuels, such as coal, oil, and natural gas, these gasses are emitted. It goes without saying that a decreased usage of fuels needed to run our cars would have a positive impact on greenhouse gas emissions. Consumers are not only gravitating toward walking more or riding bikes, but the use of e-scooters is also on the rise. Lessening greenhouse gas emissions is reason enough, but e-scooters are also one of the answers to some of the biggest problems confronting urban and suburban communities. They can expand access to public transportation, reduce our environmental footprint, and in the short run, save money.
In recent months the media has brought into question the evergrowing popularity of electronic scooters and whether the disadvantages out weigh the advantages. Questions about potential safety hazards, parking issues, and clutter on city streets, are at the forefront of the discussion. Concerns over safety are legitimate, and cities must address them. It is not too early for these discussions to take place. Should the number of e-scooters and bicycles increase (and it will over time) solutions for absorbing large volumes of two-wheeled traffic on city streets will become necessary. It will undoubtedly require more equitable allocation of street space. Some believe an Eco-friendly approach would require that land and lanes be redirected away from cars and dedicated to scooters and bicycles. Even public transit systems will need to be redesigned to accommodate emerging alternative networks.