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Why Are There Braille Messages on E-Scooters?

Have you ever used an e-scooter? They're a popular form of transportation in many urban environments. If you've ridden one recently, you may have noticed a message in Braille.

Don't worry: it isn't a set of instructions and there's no expectation that visually impaired people should be able to ride the scooters. The messages provide contact information for the scooter company. Luz Lazo explains at the Washington Post:

No, blind people aren’t riding scooters. They do, however, need to know how to contact the scooter companies when they encounter the devices, which present a hazard when left lying around.
“We may not ride it, but if we trip over it, we can read the Braille on it and find out who to report it to,” said Shawn Callaway, president of the D.C. Chapter of the National Federation of the Blind. “We want the Braille on them to identify the company and their contact information.”

-via Marginal Revolution | Photo: Luz Lazo/Washington Post


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