There they roll now. The first electric scooters are on their way in Frankfurt.
Shortly decided to get on an electric scooter and jet through the city - this is now also possible in Frankfurt. In the Ostend, on the Zeil or in the Gallus I have already met some tentatively rolling fellow men. You probably noticed some of them?
I have to admit. The thought has charm. The first rental scooters have already been set up at several locations in the city centre.
Fast, easy and everywhere to find
As the E-Scooter is now officially introduced, I wanted to know what the devices look like, where they can be found and what I might have to pay attention to. When I asked around my friends and family, every third person wanted to try out the innovative traffic vehicles at least once.
But what is rolling towards us now?
The most important things at a glance:
- The mini speedsters are only allowed to ride on cycle paths and roads.
- Since the city of Frankfurt reacted, let's say, cautiously to the scooters, there are also clear announcements for use. The e-scooters are to be replaced every evening, the vehicles used are taken to a workshop to be recharged and checked.
- To borrow and pay I download an app with my smartphone. Anyone who has a credit card can roll off immediately after paying, as one of the rental staff told me. The loan costs 15 cent per minute.
- The 400-Euro-parts have a life span of three months in the loan enterprise.
- A helmet obligation does not exist.
- Driver's license and insurance obligation are not necessary.
- The scooters speed up to 20 km/h fast.
- Scooters are not allowed in parks, on the banks of the Main, on sidewalks and on the Zeil.
- Between 120 and 1000 e-scooters should be distributed in Frankfurt.
- The scooters should not lie around like the rental bikes. Therefore they are collected again in the evening by the lender.
- The use is permitted starting from 14 years, the borrowing is possible starting from 18 years.
What is disturbing the city about the new means of transport?
Frankfurt is simply too narrow to accommodate another means of transport. The head of the traffic department does not see any transport policy benefit in the pedal scooters.
There are "no development gaps" in public transport in Frankfurt other than in other large cities in Germany. "It doesn't make sense to me who, for traffic reasons, should rent a scooter for more than one euro to overcome the few meters to the next stop," explained Oesterling. Whoever rents it wants to have fun. This had nothing to do with the planned traffic turnaround. The Verkehrsclub Deutschland, which sees no benefit for traffic, also blows a similar horn when pedestrians and cyclists should now switch to electric scooters.
The fact is: In the USA the e-scooters are hip. In Paris already for a long time in the enterprise. There, by the way, with a mixed result, as I experienced during my visit last month.
So the rental scooters are stored at the station of Versailles like in a shelf directly at the entrance of the station. I find that quite practical in view of the many commuters. Less pleasant is the fact that the scooters are also on the move on foot despite being banned. But now the city of Paris is taking action, handing out parking tickets and punishing traffic offences. Because the scooters have overtaken, the accidents increased.
So it remains to be seen how things will develop in Frankfurt. Yesterday, a scooter on the sidewalk almost mowed a friend of mine down. For my part, I am still curious at the moment and would like to try them out. And you? Would you like to test the trendy means of transport? Or do you find the e-scooters annoying?