38.5 million — that's the number of electric scooter trips the U.S. saw in 2018, the very year the small but nimble debuted in American cities.
Part of the growing micromobility trend, scooters continue to see explosive growth around the world. The benefits are numerous and include cutting tailpipe emissions and providing solutions to first/last-mile transit gaps.
Of course, there are also legitimate safety concerns, which a blog post authored by the World Resources Institute addresses by delving into recent studies regarding scooter injury cases in Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and Los Angeles, California. The blog concludes with a mention of an oft-overlooked factor in scooter safety that is entirely outside of the control of both the mode and the user: street design. Read the full article here.
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