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As E-Scooters Roll Into American Cities, So Do Safety Concerns

Electric scooters zoom through traffic in many cities these days, and have the potential to take cars off the road. But experts worry that the many riders who forgo safety gear are taking big risks.
Scooters and bicycles are spreading across several major U.S. cities while policymakers are scrambling to find ways to ensure that riders are safe. Source: David Paul Morris

Over the past year, companies have been rolling out electric scooters by the thousands in cities across the country — from Washington, D.C. to Milwaukee, to Lubbock, Texas. People download the app, find a nearby scooter and then just unlock and ride. But as these shared scooters have spread, so have concerns about safety.

Portland, Oregon is in the middle of a four-month . You see these scooters everywhere — parked on sidewalks (they don't require docking stations like most shared bikes do,) taking fast corners, zipping through traffic. But

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