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Study finds e-scooters improve riders mental health

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Over half of the riders surveyed using Zwings‘ e-scooters in Gloucestershire, South West England, have reported a positive impact on their physical or mental health, according to a new survey by the operator. 

Since the start of the operation two and a half years ago, the service has attracted more than 60,000 registered users. In the survey, 54% of respondents said that using e-scooters had a positive influence on their well-being.

The study also revealed that 96% of riders said that they wanted e-scooters to become a permanent part of the transport options in their town.

Zwings COO Stephen Bee told Zag Daily the e-scooters offer more than just a convenient way to travel, as they are also helping to improve riders’ mental health. 

“Riding an e-scooter is a joyful and fun experience, you can see this if you’ve ever seen someone take their first ride,” said Bee. “They also enable people to get outside, away from the car seat or being stuck inside their home, to enjoy the fresh air outdoors.” 

These findings complement the e-scooters’ positive impact on the environment, with 93% of riders saying that they are an effective alternative to short car journeys. 

According to the survey, 35% of the riders have replaced a car or taxi/private hire journey with an e-scooter. 

As a result, Zwings calculates that e-scooters have already avoided the equivalent of over 20 metric tonnes of CO2 emissions during the trial so far.

There were 699 riders who responded to the survey.

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