E-scooters are linked with injuries and hospital visits – but we can’t say they are riskier than bikes yet

Sat, 2 Mar 2024 05:19:21 +1100

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"E-scooters are a popular new feature of urban mobility, offering an
eco-friendly solution with zero exhaust emissions and agility in city spaces.
They make an attractive option for “last-mile” commuting — bridging the gap
between public transport and final destinations.

Tourists like them, too, as a convenient way to explore new cities.

Launched in Singapore in 2016, the global electric scooter market is valued at
more than US$33.18 billion (A$49 billion) and is growing each year by around

More than 600 cities globally have embraced e-scooter sharing programs, yet
reactions to these micro-mobility vehicles vary, making them a contentious
urban planning issue.

Cities such as San Francisco and Madrid initially banned e-scooters, citing
safety and public space concerns, but later introduced regulations for their
use. Paris conducted a referendum, resulting in an e-scooter ban.

In Australia, the response has been more welcoming, though regulations differ
across states and territories. What do we know about how safe e-scooters are?
And what can we learn from other cities?"

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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