New E-scooter Study Highlights Need for Infrastructure Improvement, Rider Training

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Statement of Attribution to Pam Shadel Fischer Senior Director of External Engagement

Governors Highway Safety Association

WASHINGTON D.C. — The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), today released a study on e-scooter injury that provides crucial context about why riders are hurt. These data are a reminder of the importance of several recommendations from the Governors Highway Safety Association’s (GHSA) recent report “Understanding, Tackling Micromobility – Transportation’s New Disruptor”.

The GHSA report, similar to the IIHS study, finds that e-scooter users prefer to use bike lanes. However, if these lanes aren’t available, they will more often use the sidewalk because of safety concerns about riding with other vehicles. Protected bike lanes, which provide safer riding spaces for cyclists and escooter riders, are a benefit to everyone on the road. They also reduce the risk of collisions with motor vehicles.

The IIHS study also found that almost 40% of those injured were first-time escooter riders. This suggests inexperience is a contributing factor to crashes. This is in line with GHSA’s recommendation to improve on-device training. Individuals can improve their skill and decrease their crash risk by taking part in learn-to-ride events.

In 2019, the number of trips using shared micromobility devices (pedal-powered and electric bikes (ebikes), scooters (escooters) or other small transport devices – rose by 60% to 136,000,000, an increase of 60% over the previous year. Hospitals have reported triple-digit spikes in escooter injuries, hospital admissions, and trips that have been made more frequently.

Micromobility-involved crashes and injuries are likely underreported due to the lack of a universal reporting standard, which is why we believe that studies like the one released today by IIHS are critical for helping to make the roads safer for the riders of these devices. We are now beginning to understand the risks posed by these devices so that states and cities in the U.S. can, in collaboration with micromobility providers take the appropriate actions to protect vulnerable road users.

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About GHSA

Governors Highway Safety Association is a non-profit association that represents highway safety offices of all 50 states, territories, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) provides leadership and representation to the states and territories in order to improve traffic safety and influence national policy. It also helps program management, promote best practices, and enhance program management. The Governors appoint its members to manage federal and state highway safety funds, and to implement state highway safety programs. Call GHSA at 202-789-942 or visit www.ghsa.org. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GHSAhq or follow us on Twitter @GHSAHQ.

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Updated 01/24/22