The for-hire electric scooters that have become ubiquitous in Paris and other cities worldwide will be banned in the French capital on Sept. 1.

It is the biggest metropolis to remove the app-based devices that first zoomed onto streets in 2018, but many other cities have taken action on the vehicles that can inspire love or loathing.

While users hail them as eco-friendly ways to avoid gridlock, detractors consider them as an unsightly menace with the power to maim and kill.