International Transport Forum (ITF) (05.03.20)
Organisation: International Transport Forum (ITF)
Date uploaded: 5th March 2020
Date published/launched: February 2020
The report found a trip by a car or motorcycle in dense urban areas is much more likely to result in the death of a road user than a light micro-vehicle, such as an e-scooter.
It also concludes that riding an e-scooter is no more dangerous than riding a bike, with similar levels of risks involved.
However, the report goes on to say that a shift from walking towards light micro-vehicles would have a negative effect on road safety.
The report sets out a list of safety improvements for micromobility, relating to issues such as infrastructure, vehicle design and training.
It calls on authorities to create a protected and connected network, while also allowing micro-vehicles to be used on dedicated bike lanes.
However, the report says use of micro-vehicles on pavements should be banned – or subject to a low, enforced speed limit.
The authors say that authorities should also ensure that car, bus and truck drivers are trained to avoid crashes with micro-vehicle riders – with relevant training mandatory for obtaining a driving license.
Training to provide children with the skills to safely operate a micro-vehicle should be part of the school curriculum, while all adults should also have access to affordable safety training.
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