Since Monday, November 15, self-service electric scooters have been restricted to 10 km / h in 700 “high pedestrian pressure” areas of the capital. An initiative of scooter operators deemed “largely insufficient” by the city of Paris and which arouses controversy between users.
“It’s only for branding.” Jean-René Albertin, president of the philanthropic association action against urban anarchy vector of incivility (Apacauvi), is not convinced by the announcement self-service scooter operators in Paris. Since this Monday, November 15, they are restricted to 10 km / h in 700 areas “with strong pedestrian pressure.” Among these areas, there are parks, gardens, shopping arcades and even school streets (see map below). This decision comes directly from the three rental companies. “We worked for months in consultation with the elected officials of each district,” says Maggy Gerbeaux, public affairs manager at Dott. This measure, however, comes after the Paris city hall threatened the three operators not to renew their contract if they did not progress on the speed limit. A threat made following the death of a 32-year-old Italian woman, hit by an electric scooter. The National Interministerial Road Safety Observatory recorded 870 accidents involving personal motorized transport vehicles (EDPM), including seven fatalities, last year.
A measure of “common sense”
“The areas affected by this measure are those where traffic at 20 km / h is inappropriate”, explains Antoine Bluy, general manager of Lime in France, questioned by Challenges. The device will be clamped completely automatically. “Every five seconds, the vehicle sends its longitude and latitude to the servers. When the servers notice that it is in a slow zone, they adapt the speed: 0 km / h in that where scooters are prohibited, like parks, 10 when the speed must be moderate and 20 for the rest of Paris “, explains Nicolas Gorse, CEO of Dott.
According to him, this speed limit is common sense. “All vehicles, in pedestrian areas, should be moving at pedestrian speed. We have the technological ability to do that, so we do it.” User journeys will in fact sometimes be lengthened, especially at night, where pedestrian traffic is less in some of these areas. slow zones. As the rental payment is calculated according to the time of use, will there be an adaptation of the price? “No, the price will not be adapted, declares Antoine Bluy. This speed limit does not induce extensions, but changes of routes.” Same story with Dott: “The majority of recommended trips do not pass through pedestrian areas.”
For David Belliard, the deputy (EELV) of the mayor PS Anne Hidalgo, in charge in particular of transport, this initiative is “a first step largely insufficient”. “Following numerous accidents, including a fatal accident, I asked the operators of short-term scooters to reinforce safety. They make a first proposal, it’s a first step. But the account is not there yet. The work must continue, “he recalls on Twitter. For the elected official, the map must still be completed. He regrets that the lower quays of the Seine and those of the Canal Saint-Martin do not appear on this map. town hall is working with the district town halls on a new, updated map, which should be made public within a few weeks. Self-service electric scooter suppliers are open to these changes. “It takes a few minutes to modify the slow zones on our servers, says the CEO of Dott. This initiative aims to support the town hall of Paris for a shared city. “
For Jeff Riide, e-scooter user and videographer specializing in the subject, “excessive speed in some pedestrian streets is a real problem. But it is not unique to e-scooters. For experienced scooter users, I don’t see it. ‘Interest. It might have been more judicious to make compulsory training in the road safety certificate (BSR) and the wearing of helmets. ” This measure being an initiative of the distributors, no constraint weighs on them, or on the owners of private electric scooters. More than 640,000 electric scooters were sold last year according to the barometer of the Federation of Micro-Mobility Professionals (FP2M) and the foresight agency Smart Mobility Lab. “This is useless, slice Jean-René Albertin. There must be effective control of drivers, registration of vehicles and accountability of operators so that they can be prosecuted. ”