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E-Scooter Safety Toolbox (2023)

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Suggested Citation:"Chapter 1 - Introduction." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2023. E-Scooter Safety Toolbox. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/27253.
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1   Introduction Electric scooters (or e-scooters) are a rapidly growing form of transportation. The purpose of this Toolbox is to provide concise, user-friendly, evidence-informed recommendations to help state and local agencies deliver safety programs that address issues unique to e-scooter travel. The Toolbox is primarily intended for use by state highway safety office (SHSO) staff and local e-scooter program partners, which may include transportation, health, and safety professionals and advocates. The tools offered in this Toolbox include: Fundamental Concepts Related to E-Scooter Safety Promising Practices to Improve E-Scooter Safety Data Tools and Methods for Safety Evaluation Additional Resources and Examples Throughout the Toolbox, these icons will help you navigate to resources that may be useful. Callout boxes will refer to additional resources and information related to the topic for more in-depth reading. Additionally, words in bold may be found in the glossary. This publication is informed by research conducted as part of the Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Project 10, “E-scooter Safety Issues and Solutions” ( /cmsfeed/TRBNetProjectDisplay.asp?ProjectID=4793). The final report is published as BTSCRP Web-Only Document 5: E-Scooter Safety: Issues and Solutions and includes additional background information, study methodology, and detailed findings from the literature review, practitioner survey, field data collection, and agency interviews that provided a base of evidence to support this Toolbox. C H A P T E R 1

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Since their introduction in the United States in 2017, the use of electric scooters (e-scooters) has expanded to the streets and sidewalks of many cities, and all indicators point to continued growth.

BTSCRP Research Report 9: E-Scooter Safety Toolbox, from TRB's Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program, presents findings from a multiyear research effort that sought to build on existing research to date, identify key gaps in knowledge and data related to e-scooter behavioral safety, and develop evidence-based guidelines that can enhance the coordination of behavioral safety programs and countermeasures with a broader toolbox of approaches to improve safety for all road users.

Supplemental to the report are BTSCRP Web-Only Document 5: E-Scooter Safety: Issues and Solutions and a presentation.


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