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Majority believe riding a shared e-scooter improves mental health

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A new survey from micromobility firm Spin found that 70 per cent of respondents believe riding a shared e-scooter helps improve mental health.

The operator spoke to 996 e-scooter users that had hired a Spin device in Brentwood, Braintree, Basildon, Colchester, Chelmsford, Clacton-on-Sea, and Milton Keynes during the UK trials.

The data was collected in August 2021 and showed a trend of e-scooters supporting positive moods and alleviating stress.

While riding an e-scooter 87 per cent of respondents felt an increased sense of freedom, 85 per cent felt relaxed, 78 per cent felt mindful, and 74 per cent felt less stressed.

Meanwhile, 67 per cent agreed that a ride helped them clear their mind of negative thoughts and feelings.

Almost half of the respondents said they feel adventurous while riding a shared e-scooter and 41 per cent said they felt joyful or free.

Psychologist Emma Kenny supported the results, describing shared e-scooters as a “perfect medium” for sustainable and fun travel.

“It’s fantastic to see research that gives insight into how small pleasures can make a big difference in our everyday lives,” she said.

“Positively managing our mental health is key to living a happier and healthier life and that’s why it’s so important to take part in activities that are fun and thrilling, and that benefit our lives in a multitude of ways. E-scooters, that are part of the public hire schemes offer the perfect medium to be more environmentally friendly, whilst letting our inner child run free. Whether you’re dashing to a board meeting, or heading for a University lecture, e-scooters offer a great alternative solution to your travel needs.

“Aside from the accessibility and ease of this kind of transport, you’ll also benefit from the feeling of freedom that comes when travelling from A to B this way. The benefits you receive from fresh air and the great outdoors is a form of informal mindful practice, meaning that you fully appreciate the here and now and experience the present as a gift.”

Steve Pyer, UK & Ireland Country Manager at Spin, added: “At a time when mental wellbeing is in the spotlight more than ever, it is incredibly rewarding to see that e-scooters that are part of the national trials are not only beneficial for the environment but for our rider’s mental health too.

“E-scooter hire schemes provide the freedom and flexibility for exploration and fresh air does wonders to relieve stress and anxiety, leaving you happier and more relaxed at the end of your journey or commute.”

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