In the year since electric scooters first blazed through Los Angeles and San Francisco, the growth in the industry has skyrocketed, but according to The Wall Street Journal, certain issues are proving cause for hesitation among potential investors.
Companies like Bird and Lime are not yet two years old, and though they saw exponential growth, the future of the market remains a mystery. One of the biggest question marks rests on how e-scooter producers plan on curbing and preventing the vandalization of their commodity. In addition to common breakages or riders leaving scooters in unsafe areas, purposefully destroying the scooters has become somewhat of a sport, with Instagram accounts like @birdgraveyard showing people throwing scooters off roofs or setting them on fire.
We discuss the vandalism issues and how e-scooter companies might adapt their products to alleviate the increase in damages.
Greg Bensinger, tech reporter at The Wall Street Journal