A new report has been issued looking at the rise in popularity of small travel modes like pedal bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters and the efforts to address safety concerns.
“Understanding and Tackling Micromobility: Transportation’s New Disruptor,” a new report from the U.S. Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), funded by State Farm, examines six challenges posed by the rapid growth of the devices, as well as potential safety solutions.
“Micromobility devices, both shared and personally owned, are here to stay and we need to do more to ensure they’re operated safely,” said GHSA Executive Director Jonathan Adkins.
“We need to raise awareness among motorists, pedestrians and law enforcement about the rules of the road on micromobility, and take action to upgrade laws, infrastructure and data systems for new mobility options.”
The number of trips on shared micromobility devices rose to 84 million in 2018, double the number from the previous year. Meanwhile hospitals have reported triple digit spikes in e-scooter injuries and hospital admissions.