Many of our streets in America are small and winding. And cars go pretty fast down them. City streets are even worse because they were engineered with an auto-centric approach, meaning they were built for cars and trucks, not bikes and e-scooters. This poses a problem because e-scooters are getting very popular in cities. Take a look at these 2018 stats*:
- E-scooters overtook bikes as the preferred vehicle for dockless vendors.
- 38.5 million trips were taken on shared e-scooters
- By the end of 2018, over 85,000 e-scooters were available for public use in about 100 U.S. cities.
E-scooters are unbelievably fun, and a great way to get around the city, but you need to be careful. Here are a few helpful tips to keep you safe and sound
Always wear a helmet – This one’s a no-brainer. E-scooters are no safer than bikes, and can reach speeds well above 15 m.p.h., wearing a helmet should be non-negotiable.
Rock reflective clothing – If you’re e-scootering on the street, you need to be as visible as possible. Be sure you are wearing reflective clothing to stand out from the environment
Keep it smooth – E-scooters aren’t off-road vehicles. To help ensure a safer ride, avoid unpaved surfaces potholes, bumps, grates, and rainy/snowy weather.
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*Source: “Shared Micromobility in the U.S.: 2018” by the National Association of City Transportation Officials