Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Safe Micromobility

This report examines the safety aspects associated with the increasing use of e-scooters and other forms of micromobility in cities. The rise of micromobility challenges existing regulations for urban traffic and forces policy makers to rethink them. The report considers a range of actions to make urban traffic with micromobility safe, including in street layout, vehicle design and vehicle operation, user education and enforcement of rules. It also asks whether a shift towards micromobility can have potential safety benefits.

Policy Insights

  • Allocate protected space for micromobility and keep pedestrians safe.
  • To make micromobility safe, focus on motor vehicles.
  • Regulate low-speed e-scooters and e-bikes as bicycles, higher-speed micro-vehicles as mopeds.
  • Collect data on micro-vehicle trips and crashes.
  • Proactively manage the safety performance of street networks.
  • Include micromobility in training for road users.
  • Tackle drunk driving and speeding across all vehicle types.
  • Eliminate incentives for micromobility riders to speed.
  • Improve micro-vehicle design.
  • Reduce wider risks associated with shared micromobility operations.

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