Paris e-scooter operators unveil new safety measures in bid to avoid ban

Faced with the possibility that the Paris mayor will ban the devices, the city's three electric scooter hire operators have announced new plans for making the devices safer and more sustainable.

Paris e-scooter operators unveil new safety measures in bid to avoid ban
Dott, TIER and Lime electric scooters in Paris (Photo by Thomas SAMSON / AFP)

Electric scooter rental operators in Paris unveiled “strong improvements” to enhance safety and sustainability.

The heads of the city’s three e-scooter operators – Lime, Dott, and Tier – are hoping new measures will encourage the city to keep the controversial electric scooter rental fleets.

Paris city hall has floated the idea of not renewing contracts for the scooter rental companies, which are set to expire in February 2023, due to safety concerns. 

“Shared e-scooters now offer an efficient, highly regulated transport service which is being used by hundreds of thousands of Parisians. We have listened to the requests from the City of Paris and believe that we have provided robust and effective responses,” said the CEOs of the three companies, in a joint statement shared with The Local.

In September, Paris’ town hall asked the three scooter operators to develop measures that would make the devices more safe, sustainable, and better integrated into the public space. 

On Thursday, the companies revealed their proposed measures:

  • Extending age verification tools to the entirety of the city’s scooter fleet by Monday, November 28th.
  • Adding vehicle registration plates to all scooters to increase rider accountability. This would facilitate better enforcement of traffic and highway code violations, according to the companies. through easier reporting of highway code violations
  • Banning offenders – this would constitute removing users who repeatedly violate the highway code.
  • Funding an experiment using camera technology to detect highway code violations
  • Testing sidewalk detection technology to prevent pavement riding
  • An education campaign (produced by all three operators) to raise awareness of highway code laws and responsible use
  • Creating of a ‘micro-mobility observatory’ to produce independent data on uses and accidents, which would then be shared with city authorities
  • Using technology to prevent overfilled parking spots and doubling the number of patrollers to move vehicles from full spaces
  • Financing infrastructure which benefits e-scooter users by increasing the fee paid to the City of Paris
  • Creating price incentives to encourage users to choose walking over very short trips
  • Financing the long-term rental of adapted e-scooters for disabled users in collaboration with OMNI (a company specialised in developping accessible transportation options for disabled people)

According to reporting by AFP, Paris’ Mayor, Anne Hidalgo, has been considering a ban on the devices in the wake of a recent electric scooter related death. The city counted 22 scooter-related deaths in the last year – a sharp increase from seven deaths in 2020.

Readers of The Local also weighed in, giving their opinions in THIS reader survey. Overall, over 80 percent of respondents supported banning the devices, primarily due to concerns around safety and enforcement of traffic violations, such as scooter users riding them on the sidewalks or parking them in inappropriate locations.

READ MORE: ‘Inherently unsafe’ – Why Paris readers want e-scooter rental schemes banned

Nevertheless – some Paris residents are fans of zippy devices, viewed by many as an environmentally-friendly transportation alternative. In light of the e-scooter rental schemes being potentially banned, those who support keeping the devices put together an online petition to encourage city hall not to ban them. As of Thursday, it had almost 20,000 signatures. 

READ MORE: The 10 problems with Paris transport system France’s ex-PM must deal with

“We have no doubt that Paris will maintain its leadership in the fight against pollution and the promotion of sustainable transport,” said the leaders of the three companies in their statement. “We are not preparing for a ban, which would be a step backwards when other major global capitals are making this type of service permanent.”

The Paris town hall will announce a decision on the future of e-scooter rental schemes “in the coming weeks.” 

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French films with English subtitles to watch in June 2023

The cinema club 'Lost in Frenchlation' is back with more screenings of French films with English subtitles in June. Here's what's coming up in Paris, Biarritz and Nice.

French films with English subtitles to watch in June 2023

Lost in Frenchlation is a cinema club that offers English speakers who may not be fluent in French the chance to enjoy French films, by screening new releases with English subtitles to help viewers follow the story.

With four screenings planned for the month of June, as well as an opportunity to take part in the Champs Élysées Film festival and several Q&A’s with cast and crew, this month has plenty to offer for those in the Paris area.

And for those who are located outside of the capital, Lost in Frenchlation has also expended to other locations, such as Biarritz, Caen, Lyon and Nice. This month, there will be screenings in Biarritz and Nice. You can keep up to date with events both inside and outside of Paris on the Lost in Frenchlation website, HERE.

Here’s what’s on this month in Paris:

Quand tu seras Grand – When a nursing home is forced to share space with students at a nearby school while their cafeteria is being remodelled, generations mix and things get a bit complicated. Yannick, a nursing home employee, tries to cope with a lack of funding, as day-to-day life in the nursing home changes for everyone with the addition of the students. Over time, Andrea Bescond and Eric Metayer’s heartwarming film showcases the inter-generational friendships that begin to form between the lonely, elderly residents and the boisterous schoolchildren.

The film will be screened on Thursday, June 8th at 8pm at the Luminor theatre in Paris’ 4th arrondissement. You can arrive early for pre-drinks at 7pm. After the screening, there will be a Q&A with the director. 

Tickets range from €7-€11, depending on whether you qualify for any reductions. You can book in advance here

Disco Boy – Directed by Giacomo Abbruzzese, this is a film about Aleksei, who leaves his home-country of Belarus and joins the French Foreign Legion. He is sent on a mission to the Niger Delta, where he encounters a revolutionary named Jomo, who opposes the oil companies that have taken advantage of his village. Their paths cross when Jomo kidnaps French nationals, and a commando of the Foreign Legion intervenes, led by Aleksei.

The film will be screened on Friday, June 16th. Arrive early for pre-drinks at 7pm and to hear a short introduction by the film crew before the start of the screening at 8pm, at L’Entrepôt Cinema in Paris’ 14th arrondissement.

Tickets range in price from €7 to €8.50, depending on your situation. You can find them online HERE.

You can watch the trailer with French subtitles below:

Champs Élysées Film Festival – While the film screening is still to be announced, you can mark your calendar for June 23rd because starting at 6:30pm you can come take part in the 2023 Champs Élysées Film festival, held at the Publicis Cinema overlooking the avenue and offering an unforgettable rooftop view of the Arc de Triomphe. 

The event will begin with a cocktail hour and then a film screening will take place at 7:30pm followed by a Q&A with the cast and crew. 

Tickets range from €30 to €35, and this price gives you a seat in the theatre, as well as unlimited drinks and appetizers during the cocktail hour before. You can reserve HERE. Tickets are only available online.

Hawaii – A film by Melissa Drigeard, “Hawaii” tells the story of a group of French friends vacationing in Hawaii. Everything changes when they all receive an alert that a ballistic missile is coming for the island. Convinced they are going to die, the friends tell each other their “four truths” – confessing to things they had never told anyone before. Once they realise it was a false alarm, the damage has already been done and it’s too late to turn back. 

The film will be screened on Thursday, June 29th at the L’Arlequin Cinéma in the 6th arrondissement, with tickets available online from €13-€15. Arrive as early as 7pm for pre-drink and a stand-up comedy show by Hugo Gertner and Fred Eyangoh. “Hawaii’ will be screened at 8pm.

Hawaii-FA-SANSDATE_VOSTen_Mix-INTERNET-ST_H264-10000_HD_Rec709G24_EV-FA_24ips_20230404 from Lost in Frenchlation on Vimeo.

In Biarritz this June

Jeanne du Barry – Directed by French cinema start Maïwenn, this period piece tells the story of Jeanne, a young working-class woman hoping to climb the rungs of the societal ladder. Once she becomes a favourite of King Louis XV, scandal and drama ensures as she moves to Versailles.

The screening will take place on Thursday, June 22nd at the Cinéma Le Royal at 8 Av. du Maréchal Foch in Biarritz. Tickets range from €4.50 – €7, and you can find them online HERE.

Arrive early at 7pm for pre-drinks, and the screening itself will start at 8pm. 

In Nice this June

Jeanne du Barry – You can find the description for the film above. 

In Nice, the “Jeanne du Barry” will be shown at the Cinéma Rialto theatre (4 rue de Rivoli) on Friday, June 30th, with pre-drinks starting at 7pm and the screening starting at 8pm. 

You can find tickets online at the theatre’s website. Tickets range in price from €7 – €8.50.