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Safety warning for scooter riders this summer

Hennepin County health leaders advising people to wear a helmet and stay off sidewalks on scooters.

The city of Minneapolis plans to have around 2,000 e-scooters this summer as part of a pilot program. 

Right now there are about 500 Lime e-scooters on the streets.

As we begin to see consistent warm temperatures, we'll begin seeing more people using scooters throughout downtown Minneapolis.

"Summer is going to be full of Lime scooters," said Tre'onna Williams who was out riding a scooter Monday. "It's more convenient to me."

She does have a warning.

"Basically like you're taking it at your own risk," said Williams.

Scooter Safety is a cause for concern.

A recent CDC study says scooter injuries are on the rise. 

"Definitely be watching it, looking for trends," said Julie Philbrook at Hennepin Healthcare. 

She is hoping to educate riders on staying safe. She says it's all about simple safety precautions.

"Usually it's very simple act. A 15-20 dollar helmet could save your brain for the rest of your life," said Philbrook.

Minneapolis city leaders urge riders to wear a helmet. They also say scooter riders should treat scooters like bikes and ride in bike lanes

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