E-scooters in Brisbane : changes in the first year since introducing a shared scheme. Paper presented at the 9th International Cycling Safety Conference ICSC 2020, Lund, Sweden, 4-6 November 2020.

Haworth, N. Schramm, A. & Twisk, D.

Shared electric scooter (e-scooter) schemes debuted in US cities in 2017 and have spread to many cities worldwide. Rider inexperience and the inexperience of other road users in interacting with e-scooters may be contributing to injuries. Shared e-scooters came to Brisbane, Australia, in November 2018 and in February 2019 the authors found a high level of non-compliance with regulations by riders of shared, but not private, e-scooters. This paper seeks to understand whether the amount and patterns of use of shared and private e-scooters changed during their first year of operation in Brisbane, and whether e-scooter safety has improved. This paper reports a follow-up observational study conducted in October 2019. Riders of e-scooters (and bicycles) were counted at six locations in inner-city Brisbane by trained observers over four working days. Type of e-scooter (private, Lime, Neuron), helmet use, gender, age group, riding location, time of day and presence of passengers were recorded. Results of the study showed that the number of shared e-scooters observed dropped from 711 in February to 495 in October but the number of private e-scooters increased from 90 to 269, resulting in a slight reduction in the total number of e-scooters. The percentage of children and adolescents (illegally) riding shared e-scooters fell from 10.3% to 6.7%. The correct helmet wearing rate increased non-significantly from 61.4% to 66.8% for shared e-scooters and remained high for riders of private e-scooters (95.5% in February and 94.3% in October). The percentage of e-scooters ridden (illegally) on the road remained roughly the same (shared: 6.6% in February, 23 4.2% in October; private: 4.5% in February, 4.9% in October). The study concludes that illegal behaviour among shared e-scooter riders in Brisbane has dropped. Usage of private e-scooters has tripled and compliance by these riders remains high. Together these trends are likely contributing to an overall improvement in e-scooter safety. (Author/publisher)

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