Link to a Guardian article:
and I guess this is The Observer one you refer to? From June though, not "yesterday" which in the course of this thread I assume to be Sunday 14th July...
Personally I'd say the more small mobility devices there are over and above massive polluting mobility devices (cars...) the better. Our useless Governement is so paralysed over Brexit though that literally nothing esle is getting through Parliament.
I was in Italy last summer, we were having a couple of drinks in a small bar on the corners of one of those lovely little residential, cobbled streets just watching the world go by. It was full of e-things. e-bikes (students, people doing the shopping, couples heading out for a ride along the river), e-scooters (seemed to be mostly kids but there were a few families too). Lovely atmosphere, quiet, peaceful - plenty of people strolling along unbothered by the little e-things which generally were fairly sedately ridden. I think in the entire time we were there we saw maybe half a dozen cars. It was so nice.
It can work fine. The problem is that people see one death / injury and immediately start to invent laws banning them. Shame they don't do that with cars...