Shared electric scooters (e-scooters) are fast becoming a mobility option in cities across the United States. This new micromobility mode has the potential to replace car usage for certain trips, which stands to have a positive impact on public health and sustainability goals. However, many aspects of this emerging mode are not well understood.This webinar explores the findings of three NITC studies examining transportation mode choices, safety, and public health outcomes of electric scooters.
KEY LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this presentation, the participant will be able to:
- describe the ways in which electric scooters may provide new substitutive, complimentary or synergist transportation opportunities for different activities, compared with conventional modes (e.g., vehicles, transit, biking, walking).
- distinguish different types of crash and injury behaviors and risks for electric scooter users in the built environment.
- recognize relationships between mode choices around e-scooters may influence other health outcomes, including those related to changes in physical activities.
The three studies were funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC):
- Evaluation of Portland Shared E-Scooter Pilot Program Goals and Outcomes: The primary objective of this research is to quantify the impacts of scooter operations on vehicle miles traveled (VMT). Led by John MacArthur, Portland State University.
- Scooting to a New Era in Active Transportation: Examining the Use and Safety of E-Scooters: This study examined the interplay between demographics, behaviors and trip purposes in order to better understand the potential impacts of e-scooters on land use, infrastructure and sustainability goals. Led by Kristi Currans, University of Arizona.
- E-Scooters and Public Health: Understanding the Implications of E-Scooters on Chronic Disease: This project investigates the impact of e-scooter use on chronic disease and public health, examining factors such as pollution exposure and physical activity. Led by Nicole Iroz-Elardo, University of Arizona.
This 60-minute webinar is eligible for 1 hour of professional development credit for AICP (see our provider summary). We provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.
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This webinar is hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) at Portland State University. The research was funded by the Summit Foundation and the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC), a program of TREC and one of five U.S. Department of Transportation national university transportation centers. The NITC program is a Portland State-led partnership with the University of Oregon, Oregon Institute of Technology, University of Utah and new partners University of Arizona and University of Texas at Arlington. We pursue our theme — improving mobility of people and goods to build strong communities — through research, education and technology transfer.