The scooter invasion is here: How Austin and the Bay Area are coping

You would not think that something like an electric scooter would prompt the need for urgent regulation, but that’s the situation in some cities. Following the dockless bicycle rentals that have sprung up in some cities, electric scooters are now taking others by storm. One Austin, Texas, resident describes the scene there as like a “scooter bomb went off.”

The issue is this: Innovation is taking place at an ever increasing pace. The rental companies say they’re in a race to establish a market before competitors leave them in the dust; they can’t afford to wait for regulation.

But that’s putting cities in a race that they didn’t enter. If they don’t adapt quickly, livability is at stake. — Kevin Ebi