Strolling around São Paulo’s financial district has become something of a risky business is the past few months. To avoid the eternal traffic jams, executives have adopted scooters as their go-to means of transportation, riding alongside pedestrians, cars, and bicycles. As the first reports of accidents surfaced, the municipal government intervened, followed by Rio de Janeiro’s authorities, rekindling the debate about mobility and regulations in Brazil.
Electric scooters arrived as a much-needed option of micro-mobility in places such as the crowded Brazilian capitals. The model is user-friendly: most of the companies operate through apps and all you need is a smartphone to unlock the scooters. As the machines are dockless, it is easy to leave the scooters anywhere you want, without worrying about parking. Since they are electric, they’re environmentally friendly, helping air quality.