WASHINGTON – Ryan McConaghy, Executive Director of The Micromobility Coalition, issued the following statement on the University of California San Francisco’s (UCSF) study on e-scooter injuries:
“It is critically important that safety discussions about e-scooters be based on sound, empirical data, not anecdotes. UCSF’s work is an appreciated addition to the information available.
“It is equally important that the data be placed in the proper context. The popularity of e-scooters has skyrocketed in recent years, and as with any mode of transportation, a rising number of travelers will mean an increase in the incidence of injuries. E-scooter users experience a similar rate of injury to bicyclists and a far lower rate of injury than car drivers. To put UCSF’s statistics into perspective, in 2018 alone, 4.5 million people were seriously injured and 40,000 people lost their lives due to car accidents, according to the National Safety Council.
“By helping to move people from cars to a safer mode of transportation, e-scooters have been shown to have the potential to reduce serious injuries. Micromobility providers also make rider safety a top priority by promoting helmet use through their apps, online channels, demonstration events, and helmet distribution.
“Hopefully, local leaders will use this data to work with providers to build safer transportation networks that welcome all modes and lower injury rates for e-scooter users, cyclists, and pedestrians.”
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. To learn more, visit www.micromobilitycoalition.org.