Same same, but different? Cycling and e-scootering in a rapidly changing urban transport landscape
Curl, Angela; Fitt, Helen
This paper explores whether e-scooters can be considered similar to cycling in terms of their demographic appeal and skills required. Building on a social practices approach, we hypothesise that e-scootering and urban cycling may appeal to a similar demographic and require similar competencies. We draw on data from a 2019 survey of users and non-users of e-scooters. Respondents are not more likely to use an e-scooter if they have cycling experience. E-scooters seem to appeal to a broader demographic than cycling. Users are more likely to be young, able, males. Cycling experience is not associated with e-scooter competence.
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Keywords: social practices; e-scooters; equity; transport technology; cycling
Research Type: Journal Article