Health officials at UC Santa Barbara are concerned about the injuries they’re seeing associated with rentable motorized scooters. According to Santa Barbara’s Noozhawk, an estimated 500 of these electric scooters have been distributed throughout Goleta and Isla Vista. Since the recent quarter started, the medical director at UCSB Student Health has seen one or two patients per week due to scooter-related incidents.
These scooters can reach speeds up to 30 miles per hour, and with little to no research necessary to ride one, they’re becoming a growing safety hazard in many communities. Additionally, there’s virtually no way to ensure riders are wearing helmets. While safety advocates are increasingly concerned, these scooters are continuing to gain popularity. UCSB has banned these types of scooters on campus grounds.