This, and the lack of proper biking infrastructure.
Anne Lusk, a research scientist at Harvard Chan School of Public Health in Boston, who has worked on bicycle environments for 38 years, said the study findings could be used to inform how to design the built-environment to increase safety for e-bike and scooter users, cyclists, pedestrians and car drivers.
“Climate change has been elevated to emergency status, and solutions include encouraging people to walk and bike,” Lusk said. “But, the biking environment is not safe.”
For example, Lusk said, in the absence of bike lanes, powered-scooter users were riding on sidewalks and roads.
There is potential for greener alternatives to traditional transportation, Dr. DiMaggio said.
“With that potential comes the need to introduce them in a safe and responsible manner, asking questions about possible need for urban design and built environment modifications like docking stations or dedicated lanes, policy changes mandating helmets and education initiatives.”