“Patinetes”-Scooters are Changing the Habits of Brazilian Cities Resulting in Calls for Regulations

"I think that the patinete is a very inadequate and invasive means of transport. It does not fit in with the streets or sidewalks because it is a threat to old people, children and those with disabilities."

By Harold Emert

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Electric scooters, called patinetes in Portuguese, are invading and clogging up thirteen Brazilian cities further complicating the life of not only pedestrians but bicycle riders, buses, and motorists.

The misuse of these unregulated vehicles has resulted in calls for immediate formal legislation. The rented scooters are controlled by computers and apps and can be parked anywhere to be recovered by their owners.

The results are the blocking of streets and havoc in a city like Rio de Janeiro.

"I have seen people of all genders, ages and body size flying (around Rio) on . . .

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