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The Verge – People are getting injured while riding electric scooters.
This shouldn’t come as a huge shock to anyone who has noticed the explosion of dockless, shareable two-wheelers over the last year and a half.
But the degree to which people are breaking bones and sustaining head injuries is alarming public health officials who released a major study into scooter-related injuries on Thursday.
The study, which was conducted by the Public Health and Transportation departments in Austin, Texas, in association with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), identified a total of 271 people with potential scooter-related injuries from September 5th through November 30th, 2018.
The study was presented by the CDC at its Epidemic Intelligence Service conference in Atlanta.
During the study period, there were a total of 182,333 hours of e-scooter use, 891,121 miles ridden on e-scooters, and 936,110 e-scooter trips.
The research team calculated that there were 20 individuals injured per 100,000 e-scooter trips taken during the three-month period.
Of those injured riders, almost half sustained head injuries. Fifteen percent experienced traumatic brain injuries. These injuries could have been prevented by wearing a helmet, but only one of 190 injured scooter riders was wearing one.
The study concludes:
“These injuries may have been preventable. Studies have shown that bicycle riders reduce the risk of head and brain injuries by wearing a helmet. Helmet use might also reduce the risk of head and brain injuries in the event of an e-scooter crash.”
Dockless electric scooters and bikes have become a phenomenon in numerous cities and college towns as venture capitalists have poured money into a host of startups like Bird and Lime.
The scooter boom has even attracted ride-hail giants like Uber and Lyft, which are looking to offset their contribution to rising traffic congestion by replacing short car rides with bike and scooter trips.
They’re wildly popular, too: 38.5 million trips were taken on shared scooters across dozens of US cities in 2018 … Read more.