APA-IL WebmasterKeymasterMay 3, 2019 at 10:42 pm #787
The CDC recently released a study on electric scooter injuries (click here for study). This study was the first to be overseen by federal epidemiologists.
While this like automobile accident statistics, e-scooters and e-scooter injuries are a growing problem in some communities. There were 20 individuals injured / 100,000 scooter trips over the 3 month study.
- Half the injuries were head injuries and only 10% of the injuries were the result of a collision with a car.
- A third of respondents acknowledged that they drank alcohol in the 12 hours preceding their injuries.
- More than one-third blamed their injuries on going too fast on the scooter.
- Nineteen percent blamed the scooter itself
- Distracted driving may have also played a role (talking on the phone, podcasts playing, etc)
- A third of the interviewed riders were injured during their first e-scooter ride
The study concluded that the injuries may have been preventable if the riders were wearing helmets (only 1 person in the study was hurt and wearing a helmet).
The City of Chicago also just announced a pilot program to test e-scooters in a large section of the City. The program includes rules that try to address concerns found in other cities such as littered sidewalks and safety hazards. “The program, which will run from June 15 through Oct. 15, limits speeds to 15 mph and restricts where the scooters can be parked. It will include a minimum of 2,500 and a maximum of 3,500 scooters in the pilot area, divided evenly among selected vendors. The scooters cannot be ridden on sidewalks or between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.”*
What is your community is doing to track e-scooter injuries?
What kind of preventative safety measures does your community have in place for e-scooters?
* Wisniewski, Mary. “The Scooters Are Coming: Chicago Announces Electric Scooter Pilot Program West of Halsted Street.” Chicagotribune.com. May 02, 2019. Accessed May 03, 2019. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-biz-electric-scooter-pilot-announced-20190501-story.html.
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