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Elsparkcyklar popular for robbers in Rio de Janeiro

For most of elsparkcyklarna a fun feature in the playful Rio, but not for all. Since they were introduced in december last year, the hospitals in Copacabana, received almost a hundred patients who are injured, including several with concussions and broken facial bones.

the Swedish transport administration in Rio de Janeiro has decided that the electric sparkcyklarna may keep a speed of only six miles an hour when they will be performed on sidewalks. If they are running on bike paths, they may hold up to 20 kilometres an hour. There are also those who use elsparkcyklarna in traffic, despite the fact that it is forbidden.

"More or less every day we take someone who is damaged," says Daniel Ramallo, head of the ortopedavdelningen on Copacabana's main hospital Copa D'or.

Parked elsparkcyklar in Rio in Brazil. Photo: Alamy

the hospital has received 30 patients as damaged either the hands, wrist or elbow. When families are out and go to the child often in front of the father on the elsparkcykeln.

"People need to start using protective equipment," he says to the newspaper O Globo.

Then in december, two companies filled the promenade in Rio with up to 500 elsparkcyklar. They are sponsored by the state oil company Petrobras ' costs 39 kronor an hour. Those who choose the other company will pay 45 kroner in half an hour.

over the price are the robbers. Then elsparkcyklarna was introduced, it has become common that the robber makes use of the urban the courage to escape from their victims. Last week was a girl surrounded by four guys on elsparkcyklar who robbed her cell phone and wallet and quickly pulled away.

During the year, the police received a fixed twelve thieves who used elsparkcyklar as flyktfordon.

– They use them to speed on their flight, " says Valéria Aragão, the police in Copacabana.

Voices are raised now to prohibit the elsparkcyklarna. The municipality's klagotelefon, 1746, was in the last month in 41 complaints from the people who mocked up on the elsparkcyklarna and who want to that they disappear as quickly as possible.

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