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Report Indicates Humans are Bad at Riding E-Scooters

December 08, 2019

USA- writes that e-scooters have been attracting attention and controversy across the United States. Heralded by some as cheap, environmentally friendly modes of transportation, and slated by others as nuisances and death traps, it seems that there is no consensus on whether these new vehicles should be embraced or outlawed in cities across the country.*

While the scooters are making their way into cities, reports of injuries are adding up and causing policymakers to question the introduction of these vehicles. Now one study indicates that there is a good reason why so many accidents are taking place - people are just bad at riding e-scooters.

Balancing on the narrow e-scooter platform is difficult. Learning to balance on one is not the same as learning to balance on a bike or a motorcycle. People are hopping onto these devices and traveling at around twenty miles an hour on them, but without any real training on how they operate. The small wheels are also a problem as they make it more challenging to ride over the debris of flaws in the road. This creates another problem for e-scooter riders. Many people are simply not in shape for using one either. Staying balanced on an e-scooter means using core strength that many of us lack.

About one out of every three people who step onto an e-scooter for the first time leaves the experience with some form of injury. The speed at which these travel also increases the risks. While cyclists often travel at just ten to twelve miles per hour, a person on an e-scooter for the first time can effortlessly reach twenty miles per hour without even realizing how fast they are moving. These individuals are often not familiar with the rules of the road for e-scooters.

Most people who pick up these scooters also fail to use a helmet. Again, they are traveling faster in many cases than cyclists and not using any safety gear. The situation is a recipe for disaster.

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