Delving into Safety Considerations of E Scooters: A Case Study of Austin, Texas

Dockless electric scooters (e-scooters) are one of the fastest-growing modes of transportation emerging in the U.S. market. During this emergence, e-scooters have quickly evolved from being an exciting mobility option to a transportation mode with many safety concerns. Recognizing these concerns, an initial study was conducted in 2019 by the Austin Public Health Department in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on e-scooter-related injuries in Austin, Texas. Although the study provided valuable first insights, results also highlighted the need to better understand the safety patterns and concerns associated with e-scooters. This proposed case-study project emerges from this need and will aim to provide an in-depth examination of e-scooter safety considerations through a data-driven approach using Austin as the proposed study site. The study will employ various tools to develop a better understanding of e-scooter safety, including a literature review on evaluations of e-scooter safety, an analysis of the characteristics of e scooter-involved crashes, and an examination of people’s perceptions and attitudes of e-scooter safety.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $136590
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center (Safe-D)

    Virginia Tech Transportation Institute
    Blacksburg, VA  United States  24060
  • Project Managers:

    Harwood, Leslie

  • Performing Organizations:

    Texas Transportation Institute

    Texas A&M University System
    3135 TAMU
    College Station, TX  United States  77843-3135
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sener, Ipek

  • Start Date: 20190801
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230831
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01718504
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Safety through Disruption University Transportation Center (Safe-D)
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747115
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Sep 30 2019 9:49AM