European cities and e-scooters at the crossroad
Starting from the relationship between urban planning and mobility management, TeMA has gradually
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of the Journal, Review Notes, is the expression of a continuous updating of emerging topics concerning
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The present note analyses the complex relationships between European cities and electric scooters and
reports on the case study of Paris where, in a recent non-binding referendum, Parisians opted
overwhelmingly to ban e-scooters in the French capital. In doing so, the note tracks the roots of the current
e-scooters expansion and reports on the massive deployment of 500,000 free-floating electric vehicles on
the European streets (and sidewalks) operated by few private mobility companies in less than three years.
After this, the note provides a focus on Paris, the city that pioneered electric scooters in Europe and that
will likely take them off the street as of September 2023. The note concludes that the relationship between
e-scooters and European cities is at a turning point and provides some suggestions to move forward.
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