An Evaluation of Road User Interactions with E-Scooters

dc.contributor.authorHong, Yubinen
dc.contributor.authorKlauer, Charlieen
dc.contributor.authorVilela, Jean Paul Talledoen
dc.contributor.authorMiles, Melissaen
dc.date.accessioned2022-07-14T19:30:40Zen
dc.date.available2022-07-14T19:30:40Zen
dc.date.issued2022-06en
dc.description.abstractElectric scooters (e-scooters) are gaining in popularity due to their availability, accessibility, and low cost. However, there has been little research on how e-scooters behave on the road and interact with other road users. The Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, teaming with State Farm, conducted an observational study on the Virginia Tech campus. Video data were gathered through instrumented fixed cameras located at various intersections and high-volume pedestrian areas. The analysis focused on times with a high volume of e-scooter riders, which was the period from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A total of 492 e-scooter trips were recorded, and 473 of those were analyzed. The analysis showed that e-scooters pose the most threat to pedestrians due to their higher speed and the greater vulnerability of pedestrians. The results also showed that the e-scooter riders adjusted their operation rules based on the traffic environment. These results suggest that it might be safer for e-scooters to be operated on designated lanes, bike lanes, or roadways with a speed limit of 25 mph or less. Additional countermeasures to separate e-scooter traffic from vehicles may be required on roadways with faster speed limits. Further research is needed to confirm these recommendations.en
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/111254en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherSAFE-D: Safety Through Disruption National University Transportation Centeren
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSafe-D;VTTI-00-033en
dc.rightsCC0 1.0 Universalen
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/publicdomain/zero/1.0/en
dc.subjectE-scooteren
dc.subjectroad user interactionen
dc.subjectsafetyen
dc.subjectobservational studyen
dc.subjecttransportation as a serviceen
dc.titleAn Evaluation of Road User Interactions with E-Scootersen
dc.typeReporten
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten
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