Whether you live in Los Angeles or Washington D.C., most cities in the United States are grappling with a new transportation issue: The arrival of dockless electric scooters. E-scooters have grown so quickly, in fact, that Curbed hailed 2018 as the year of the scooter.
Faced with an onslaught of scooters from companies like Bird and Lime, cities have struggled to regulate what scooter use should look like. When companies—unbeknownst to city officials—introduced dockless bikes and scooters to streets, local officials have often responded with bans to rein in the activities of users. Need an example? Read about Santa Monica, over here.
Despite their rough introduction, scooters offer the potential for an accessible, car-free, and sustainable mode of transport. But that’s only if they can survive that long. Vandalism has been a major problem for scooter companies, reflected in new Instagram accounts and hashtags that explore #scootersbehavingbadly.
From high atop bridges to the deepest of rivers, scooters have ended up in rather bizarre locations. For proof, we’ve rounded up the best—or maybe its the worst—of this year’s scooter behavior.
Anyone who lives in a city with scooters has seen this one: Scooters scattered all over the sidewalk.
Often blocking the path and making it hard to get around.
But scooter parts have also ended up in other weird places, like the grocery store.
Or the top of a lifeguard stand.
In fact, scooters are all over the beach.
Including the ocean.
Other bodies of water aren’t immune to scooters, either.
It’s even become a bit of a business to pull scooters out of lakes and rivers and turn them in for the reward fees.
Just spotted John fishing scooters out of Lake Merritt with a grappling hook. He got 12 today; Bird pays a small fee for each. pic.twitter.com/ew1W5MInZz— Jack Nicas (@jacknicas) December 10, 2018
Some people put scooters in trash cans.
And we’re not sure why, but we’ve also seen them on top of stop signs.
Or any sign, really.
Perhaps one of the weirdest places is the bathroom. Maybe this scooter user didn’t want to leave the scooter outside?
I WENT TO THE BATHROOM AND THERE WAS A BIRD SCOOTER IN THE STALL I CAN'T EVEN pic.twitter.com/GW7IDwvURR— Leo (@Leo_Bitwits) November 27, 2018
Another Bird scooter takes a swim.
Scooters are important for transportation, but we don’t think you’re supposed to take them into the subway station.
Or on the actual subway.
Or in the parking garage.
And they definitely shouldn’t be hanging off of bridges.
Which appears to be a thing?
Of course, the most bizarre place we’ve seen a scooter is probably this photo: