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Shared e-scooter injuries fell 19% in 2022

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The rate of injuries on shared e-scooters fell by 19% in 2022,  according to a new report by Micro-Mobility for Europe (MMfE). 

This is based on aggregated 2022 accident data from more than 350 million e-scooter trips.

While demand for shared micromobility services rose by 39% last year compared to 2021, the rate of e-scooter injuries requiring medical treatment decreased by nearly 20% – from 5.1/mio km in 2021 to 4.1/mio km in 2022. The risk of fatality decreased by 17.7% compared to 2021. 

MMfE is a members association made up of eight shared micromobility providers – Bird, Bolt, Dott, Lime, Tier, Voi, Hopp and Superpedestrian. Its aim is to transform urban mobility by creating a sustainable and safe transport ecosystem together with the cities in which they operate. 

The report also contains e-bike trip data – 28 million e-bike journeys over 75 million kilometres.

When comparing modes, MMfE’s findings show that the risk of injury requiring medical treatment is comparable between shared e-scooters and e-bikes, with 4.09/mio km and 4.15/mio km respectively. 

Sebastian Schlebusch, Initiative Lead at MMfE, told Zag Daily: “Most striking for us to see was that while the uptake of shared micromobility solutions is still growing, relative incident numbers are decreasing. 

“In addition, as MMfE has now also included data on shared e-bikes, it is noteworthy to emphasise that the risk of an injury that requires medical treatment between shared e-scooter and shared e-bike is insignificant. We believe that the provided data will be useful for the public debate and for decision-makers, and can enable them to choose the right path towards safe and sustainable urban mobility.”

The data is based upon reports from users and follows the same reporting methodology as previous incident reporting from MMfE.

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