It’s not quite that they’re mad as hell and they’re not going to take it anymore – rather, the nation has issued a collective tut, a massive shrug, and that’s quite enough of your scooters on the pavements and disposable vapes in the gutter, thank you very much.
Since 1 September, rented scooters – trottinettes – have been banned from the streets of Paris, after a referendum in April which found 90 per cent of Parisians who voted (albeit in a turnout of only 7.5 per cent) were fed up with their antisocial presence on the streets.
When scooters were introduced in 2018, they were seen as part of a pioneering policy for greener transport. Paris mayor, Anne Hidalgo, while still supporting cycling and bike sharing, has called the scooters “a nuisance”, and David Belliard, deputy Paris mayor in charge of urban mobility, has said that the case against them was overwhelming despite efforts by operators to address some problems. He said, “The anarchy was quite unbearable”.
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