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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Finds E-Scooters Injuries and Deaths Are on the Rise

Published on Sep 28, 2020 at 7:45 am in Electric Scooters.

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The use of micromobility products, like e-scooters, has increased significantly in the past few years as a result of advancements in battery technology and the growing popularity of commercial ridesharing services. Vehicles like electric scooters are perceived as eco-friendly, convenient, and cost-effective. Unfortunately, as more riders are using these devices, accidents rates are climbing.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an analysis, “Micromobility Products-Related Deaths, Injuries, and Hazard Patterns: 2017-2019,” which shows the number of electric scooter-related injuries and deaths are increasing.

E-Scooters Remain Illegal in Pennsylvania

Published on Sep 24, 2020 at 7:32 am in Electric Scooters.

E-scooters have risen in popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic—particularly because of the default social distancing that happens when using one. The law legalizing them in Pennsylvania, however, has been at a standstill in Harrisburg for the past two years. While it’s not uncommon to see electric scooters in cities like Philadelphia, the vehicles are still not road legal.

According to Pennsylvania law, a vehicle can’t ride on the street unless it’s been registered and certified by the Department of Transportation. There is currently no class for e-scooters, so they cannot be registered properly which is what makes them illegal.

E-Scooters Return to St. George, Utah After Six-Month Hiatus

Published on Sep 14, 2020 at 7:50 am in Electric Scooters.

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Officials in St. George hope to keep e-scooters long-term after a six-month hiatus because. When the program began in 2019, the introduction was successful. A year later, however, the company managing the scooter fleet did not renew its contract with Spin, the e-scooter company.

When the partnership began, Spin, a unit of Ford Motor Company, provided more than 200 scooters to St. George. Boston-based Zagster picked up the management and maintenance duties. When Zagster failed to renew its partnership with Spin, St. George officials were left trying to determine how to proceed.

New Study Shows 30,000 ER Trips in 2019 for E-Scooter Injuries

Published on Sep 2, 2020 at 7:21 am in Electric Scooters.

According to a study published by JAMA Network Open, nearly 30,000 e-scooter riders visited emergency departments across the United States in 2019 for injuries related to the two-wheeled vehicles. Between 2014 and 2019, there were more than 70,000 trips to emergency rooms nationwide that were linked with e-scooter usage.

In 2014, there were fewer than 5,000 scooter-related injuries that were severe enough to warrant a trip to the emergency room. Since then, the numbers have significantly increased. To gather the data, researchers analyzed information on electric scooter use and ER visits between 2014 and 2019 from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s national electronic injury surveillance system.