Report Highlights the Need for Thorough, Data-Driven Approach to Safety Practices
WASHINGTON – The Micromobility Coalition’s executive director, Ryan McConaghy, today issued the following statement in response to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Austin Public Health, and the Austin Transportation Department on e-scooter safety:
“We appreciate the CDC’s work and welcome the attention on e-scooter safety. As policymakers pursue this new mode of transportation and the many benefits it provides, it’s imperative they rely on access to research grounded in sound methodological design with comprehensive, empirical data, not anecdotes. Cities and the industry must together commit to data-driven solutions and smarter standards like protected bike lanes and infrastructure to help ensure cars and all micromobility can coexist safely on our roadways.
“Like using a bike, motorcycle, or car, there is risk in operating a personal transportation vehicle. Car drivers face this risk every day – whether it is the risk of human error, collision with another commuter, or poor conditions on the roads. Each year, thousands of Americans lose their lives due to car accidents and in 2018 alone, more than 6,000 pedestrians died from collisions with cars. To prevent these accidents from happening, industry and regulators continuously work together to create safety standards and build infrastructure that protects human life while supporting car use.
“Our members work diligently to produce stronger equipment and establish clear safety and operating instructions for consumers. As demand grows nationwide for e-scooters, the industry is committed to ensuring our fleets are safe to operate, while effectively urging customers to adhere to safety requirements and traffic laws.”
In another e-scooter study conducted by the city of Portland, Ore., officials found that between July 25 and November 30, 2018, there were fewer scooter-related emergency room visits than bicycle-related visits. In fact, the report found that “an increase in e-scooter use has the potential to contribute to a reduction in serious injuries and fatalities.” The report is one of many contributions to an ongoing discussion.
Micromobility transportation options do not exist in a vacuum, and it is important to consider e-scooter safety in comparison to other modes of transportation. E-scooter users experience a similar rate of injury as compared to bicyclists and a far lower rate of injury compared to car drivers. And of the more than 5,000 motorcyclists who died in crashesduring 2017, 38 percent of motorcyclist deaths occurred in single-vehicle crashes, while 62 percent occurred in multiple-vehicle crashes.
As is evidenced, accidents and injuries may occur with any personal transportation option, and so it is vital that industry and regulators continue working together to support the safe use of e-scooters alongside all other transportation modalities.
For more information on the safety of e-scooters, visit: http://micromobilitycoalition.org.
About the Micromobility Coalition
The Micromobility Coalition works to improve the quality of life across the United States by promoting access to personal transportation options that reduce traffic, create cleaner and quieter communities, and make it easier for people to safely get where they want to go. Founding members include Uber and Lime.