I drive a bit, I see plenty of cycles, I dont see an issue. I don't say there are NO issue nor did I say skateboards have NO issues. Stuff all Limes in NZ test they occupy the news daily. Deduct the clickbait factor and the leftover is a problem. They are faster, harder to ride compared to most other devices, and the law decided to bypass them.
I disagree that they are harder to ride - in fact I think many of the problems are because they are so easy to ride.
I own an e-scooter and when I take it places people are quite curious and eager to give it a go - people who usually wouldn't ride a bike, motorbike, inline skates and definitely not a skateboard.
I tried segway, hoverboard, unicycle, ripstick etc... and all took time to learn to even go in a straight line (I could never get the ripstick). People can hop on an e-scooter and go right from the start.
Combine that with speed and you may have a problem but let's educate rather than regulate.
They do solve the first/last mile problem but I also think they are a good solution for the 3-4km commutes.
On another note, a friend commented about seeing Lime's sprawled all over footpaths and the such which makes me wonder if it's anti-Limers kicking them over. To end your ride on a lime you have to scan the QR code. You can either a) drop the scooter on the ground, bend over and scan the QR code b) hold the scooter upright with one hand, dig your phone out and scan the QR code then let it drop to the ground and walk off or c) put the stand down so the scooter stands upright, then you have both hands free to dig out your phone.
Surely c) is the easiest option in which case you should see them all parked upright with only the odd one falling over?