The Micro-Mobility War: How Paris, One Of The World’s Largest Scooter Rental Markets, Came To Ban Them

It was blip in the long, bumptious history of urban micro-travel, but it was a watershed moment nevertheless: Working pretty much around the clock on August 30-31, the trucks from Lime, Tier and Dott — the three remaining “free-floating electric scooter” (FFES) operators in Paris — rolled through Montmartre, the Marais, Pigalle, Chateau Rouge, St. Germain and districts both more and less fashionable to corral their combined total of 15,000 pieces of rental stock strewn in classic toss-the-thing, devil-may-care mangles, as pictured above. September 1 was the deadline, decreed by the April referendum in which Parisians rose to vote on the future of the rental versions of the things.

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