Safe-D: Safety through Disruption

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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Research Investigators (PI*)

Ipek N. Sener (TTI/TAMU)*

Project Information

Start Date: 2019-08-01
End Date: 2023-08-31
Status: Active
Grant Number: 69A3551747115
Total Funding: $136,590
Source Organization: Safe-D National UTC
Project Number: TTI-04-02

Safe-D Theme Areas

Big Data Analytics
Transportation as a Service

Safe-D Application Areas

Planning for Safety
Vulnerable Users

More Information

UTC Project Information Form

Sponsor Organization

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology
University Transportation Centers Program
Department of Transportation
Washington, DC 20590 United States

Performing Organization

Texas A&M University
Texas A&M Transportation Institute
3135 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-3135