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Elsparkcyklar need to be prepared for wintry driving conditions

During the last year Sweden got a new means of transport. The american phenomenon of elscooters, also known as elsparkcyklar, took the streets by storm and quickly became a hot topic. Through an app in your phone, individuals rent a elsparkcykel.

First to launch the vehicle in Sweden was a startup company Voi. Shortly afterwards came also the global company Lime into the Swedish market. Now there are vehicles in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö.

Despite the fact that the vehicle has become popular, there are many who criticize the phenomenon. The criticism is about the snowmobiles puttering to the streets and squares, but in the united states is also a discussion on the färdmedlets security. During the last year were reported multiple accidents in the united states in connection with that people traveled on elsparkcyklar. Cracked noses, wrists, and shoulders, and cracks are just a few examples.

In the city of Santa Monica, in California, needed the city's fire department to turn out at the 34 accidents that involved elsparkcyklar in the summer of 2018. Even in San Francisco it has been reported about the accident but also at least two deaths.

also a concern for färdmedlets security. Especially during the winter when the streets are covered with ice and snow. The vehicle lacks namely the studded tires and the tread depth is thin on some models. Both the Voi and the Lime withdrawn all of their scooters during the days in december when the snow poured down.

– The days when the weather is really bad, we keep residents indoors, I think you should always be careful, just as when you ride, " says Fredrik Hjelm, ceo and founder of Voi.

the city of Stockholm has been critical to the snowmobiles, and pointed to the risk of an accident. So far, only one accident reported to the municipality, it is also significantly less elsparkcyklar parked on the city streets than what they had expected.

" Our lawyers look over of the vehicle shall pay a fee to be on the streets or possibly have a certain place to park at. For example, pay hire bikes for a fee to be on our streets, " says Johan Sundman, project manager at the Traffic office, Stockholm City.

the research done on the safety of the vehicle. In the Swedish transport agency's information system, the Strada, there are 19 reported accidents, with both privately owned and those private individuals hire a company, during the last five years. Counted in the category of electric enpersonsfordon, which is not självbalanserade, it means that the vehicle is the most common in accidents. Above all, there is the single vehicle accidents, but also collisions with vehicles are a recurring phenomenon.

"Our information system is based on police or medical reports if someone is hurting themselves, if the person then chooses not to seek medical care and not contact the police, because the accident is less severe, there may be a number of unreported cases," says Robert Stahl, investigator at Swedish transport agency.

to set up all the elsparkcyklar over the winter. Demand has continued to rise during the darker days, the company has thought about and is now developing a vintermodell.

Studded tires are one thing we look at because we want to strengthen the security and the ability to take on vinterunderlag, " says Fredrik Hjelm.

A better mudguard and lighting are also seen. The new vintermodellen is expected to be completed in the coming months, exactly when the declines the company to comment.

Even the Lime develops a new elsparkcykelmodell which first launched in the united states. Above all, it is balance that is in focus, with the help of a shock absorber, it will be harder to fall. However, there is no set date when the launch takes place.

"today, we celebrate two years as a company, we are growing faster than we sometimes have time for, but we are working to always be safe and secure for our customers," says Mike Parishaian, sweden country manager at Lime.

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