Transport and Covid-19: responses and resources

Safer Micromobility

In 2020, the ITF published 
Safe Micromobility, a report assessing the safety of micromobility and new mobility services. In the four years since publication, much has changed in terms of the evidence base regarding the safety of micromobility. This report summarises an analysis of the current evidence base of the most recent micromobility safety trends and risks. It provides safety recommendations for both authorities and micromobility operators in line with the Safe System approach.

It is based on a comprehensive technical report written by the same authors. The technical report contains more detailed information and a full list of references for all of the data and findings of this publication.

Download the technical report here.

Policy Insights

  • Micromobility is becoming safer. But, an increase in severe injuries from e-scooter crashes is cause for concern. Overall, shared e-scooter crash risk is decreasing as their usage is increasing faster than injuries.
  • Safe infrastructure and vehicle design matter. A focus on rider behaviour and safety equipment must be complemented by better infrastructure and improved vehicle design – especially for e-scooters.

  • Reinforcing existing policies improves safety. Road safety measures also make micromobility safer – managing speed, providing training to road users and enforcing rules against impaired driving and riding.

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