Electric Scooters Are Remaking Mass Transit While Driving Profits for Service Providers

Blazing new paths for commuters and challenging cities' infrastructure

If you’ve been to a major American city in the past year, you’ve noticed it: sidewalks strewn with discarded pay-per-use electric scooters. Riders seemingly drop them to the ground as soon as they’re done with them, no matter where they are. It’s kind of like a parade of visitors coming to your house and throwing their jackets on the floor wherever they please, multiplied many times over: It’s a mess, someone’s bound to trip and it feels chaotic.   

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This story first appeared in the Jan. 7, 2019, issue of Adweek magazine. Click here to subscribe.