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UAO Students for Scooter Safety UAO Students for Scooter Safety

UAO Students for Scooter Safety

As scooter rentals gain popularity, UAO students are open to changing their mobility
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While some University Abat Oliba (UAO) students opt for driving cars, other students have adapted to a new mobility. With scooters, electric bikes and ride-sharing applications readily available on city corners, student scooter safety has become a concern to UAO students. Despite their transportation of choice, UAO students prioritize safety.

Lynx, JetScoot and Rent Electric are three main scooter rental services in Barcelona. Each company includes a helmet and online reservations, providing scooter safety and efficiency to its customers.

White electric scooters with blue and green accents line the street in front of the University Abat Oliba CEU on a sunny afternoon.

Ecooltra scooters are available outside University Abat Oliba CEU for students.

 

Student Scooter Experience

Claudia Sánchez, a psychology student at UAO, downloaded the Lime application onto her smartphone two days ago. Lime is the no.1 electric scooter and bike sharing application. Bikes and scooters can be picked up or dropped off anywhere within the city limit. Lime does not supply helmets, posing a potential student scooter safety concern.

However, Sánchez said she recently attained her driver’s license to drive her own scooter.

“I use my scooter pretty much everyday to get to uni and to meet with friends,” Sánchez said. ¨I think drivers should be conscious of the fact that motorbikes are more fragile than a car.”

Sánchez said she could not think of any specific safety regulations. However, she said motor bike drivers need to be conscious of their fragility on the road. Astrid Benot, an Economics student at UAO, said motorbikes are not dangerous but drivers need to be careful.

“I use my scooter everyday to get to university, but it depends on what I’m doing,” Benot said.

Ricardo Jiménez, a journalism student at UAO, drives to school everyday.

“Because I live outside of Barcelona, it’s not easy for me to use [an electric scooter],” Jiménez said. “Electric scooters are only available in big cities like Barcelona, so they’re not available to me.”

Jiménez does not utilize new ride-sharing apps and scooter services on a daily basis. While he has no problem with new mobilities, he wants everyone to feel safe.

“This will provoke more safety for the people and will make them feel more comfortable,” Jiménez said. “I am very in favor of [safety regulations].”

Scooter Alternative for Student Safety

Benot and Jiménez both mentioned Cabify as a safety alternative for a night out. Cabify is an efficient taxi and ride-sharing service in the convenience of an app.

Astrid Benot, an Economics student at UAO, said motorbikes are not dangerous but drivers need to be careful.

“I use my scooter everyday to get to university, but it depends on what I’m doing,” Benot said. “I use Cabify when I know I’m going to drink at a party.”

Despite Cabify’s convenience, UAO students typically only use the app for a night out.

“I have never used Cabify or any taxi service to get to school,” Jiménez said.

Most students opt for electric scooters, public transportation or their own cars to commute to the university.

 

 

 

 

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