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Just Where Should 'E-Scooters' Be Ridden?  Most Injuries that Involve Riders Happen on the Sidewalk


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Statements from Jessica Cicchino ("chi-kee-no")--the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's vice president for research--in:
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(CICCHINO--BITE #1):
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THE PICTURE STILL ISN'T CLEAR, WHEN IT COMES TO WHERE 'E-SCOOTERS' SHOULD BE RIDDEN:  OUR RESULTS SUGGEST THAT MOVING THEM OFF THE SIDEWALK COULD PUT RIDERS AT RISK OF MORE-SEVERE INJURIES.  BUT, AS THINGS STAND NOW, THEY MIGHT BE SUFFERING LESSER INJURIES MORE OFTEN."

(CICCHINO--BITE #2):
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WE FOUND THAT 'E-SCOOTER'-RIDERS SUFFERED INJURIES MORE FREQUENTLY, PER MILE TRAVELED, THAN BICYCLISTS--BUT BICYCLISTS WERE THREE TIMES AS LIKELY TO BE HIT BY MOTOR-VEHICLES.  ALSO, NEARLY THREE-IN-FIVE 'E-SCOOTER'-RIDERS WERE INJURED WHILE RIDING ON THE SIDEWALK--AND ABOUT A THIRD OF THESE RIDERS GOT THOSE INJURIES IN PLACES WHERE SIDEWALK-RIDING IS PROHIBITED."

(CICCHINO--BITE #3):
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WE DIDN'T SEE MANY 'E-SCOOTER'-CRASHES WITH MOTOR-VEHICLES--WHICH MIGHT BE THE RESULT OF RIDERS STICKING MOSTLY TO THE SIDEWALK.  ON THE OTHER HAND, THERE ARE LEGITIMATE CONCERNS THAT SIDEWALK-RIDERS COULD CRASH INTO PEDESTRIANS.  PAST RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT MOST 'E-SCOOTER'-RIDERS PREFER THE BIKE-LANE, OVERALL--AND WE FOUND HERE THAT ONE WAS RARELY AVAILABLE, IN THE INSTANCES WHERE RIDERS WERE INJURED IN THE ROAD OR SIDEWALK."



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