Over a period of just five separate days, 139 electric scooters, 63 bicycles, and other evidence of campus and urban living hwas retrieved from East Lansing's Bogue Street Bridge. Of the 139 scooters, about 90% or 125, were thought to be Spin.
Only Spin knows how many more remain in our rivers flowing through the greater Lansing/East Lansing metropolitan area. But they're not telling.
Hugh Lefcort, a Gonzaga University biology professor specializing in ecotoxicology, tells, lithium ion powered scooters are particularly problematic as they pose a serious threat to aquatic life. Unlike iron, lithium and heavy metals in rechargeable batteries are toxic, Lefcort said.
We should feel compelled to remove electric scooters from our vulnerable waterways for environmental reasons alone.