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Austin doctors seeing spike in patients hurt after riding rental scooters

Austin doctors said the amount of people going to the emergency room after riding rental scooters across the city has increased.

AUSTIN — Some people ride them while others avoid them altogether. Others are leaving them lying on the sidewalk around town.

We're talking about rental scooters. Now, doctors in Austin are planning to bring up issues they see with this form of transportation.

Doctors at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin said they're seeing a spike in emergency patients who come in and said they were hurt while riding rental scooters.


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Two companies that operate scooters in Austin, "Bird" and "Lime," do have a disclaimer posted on their scooters urging riders to make sure they are wearing helmets before they use them. However, this isn't enforced.

Lime is looking into a recent crash that happened in South Austin last week while Bird is forming a safety advisory council for their company.

The Dell Seton doctors held a press conference Friday to address the safety issues associated with the scooters. The city also posted a "dockless mobility survey" online to ask the public what they think of the scooters. If you would like to take this survey, you can click here.

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