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Scooters like Bird and Lime are good disruptive technologies that live in a gray regulatory area.

Paul Matzko
Tech & Innovation Editor

Will Duffield is a research assistant at Cato’s First Amendment Project.

If you live in a city, your relationship with the new scooter startups like Lime and Bird probably ranges somewhere between frustration at the sidewalk clutter or enthusiastic adoption for when you need to reach the Metro stop nearest your apartment. In this episode, Paul and Will talk with Jennifer Skees about whether scooters are a true transformational transportation technology or if they are overhyped.

Are scooters a good disruptive technology? What is the ‘last mile’ problem in cities? Do scooters have a speed limit? Should they? How have norms developed about where you should or shouldn’t ride your scooters? How do conceptions of public space evolve over time?

Further Reading:

What Scooter Regulations Mean for Riders and Companies, written by Jennifer Huddleston Skees

New Scooter Lawsuits Threaten Innovation, written by Jennifer Huddleston Skees

8 Electric Scooters Charging at Once Cause Fire in St. Paul Garage, written by Mara H. Gottfried