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Considering the Potential Health Impacts of Electric Scooters: An Analysis of User Reported Behaviors in Provo, Utah

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Department of Public Health, College of Life Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA
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Community and Neighborhood Services Department, City of Provo, Provo, UT 84601, USA
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602, USA
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(17), 6344; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176344
Received: 17 July 2020 / Revised: 20 August 2020 / Accepted: 24 August 2020 / Published: 31 August 2020
Electric scooters (e-scooters) are an increasingly popular form of transportation in urban areas. While research on this topic has focused primarily on injuries, there are multiple mechanisms by which e-scooter share programs may impact health. The aim of this study is to explore the health-related behaviors of e-scooter users and to discuss their implications for public health. Data were collected using an online survey emailed to registered e-scooter users. A total of 1070 users completed the survey. Descriptive variable statistics and chi-squared analysis were performed to determine variable dependent relationships and equality of proportions. The most common destinations reported were “just riding around for fun”, home, and dining/shopping. The two most common modes of transportation that would have been used if e-scooters were not available were walking (43.5%) and using a personal vehicle (28.5%). Riding behavior was equally mixed between on the street, on the sidewalk, and equal amounts of both. e-Scooters in Provo are likely having both positive (e.g., air pollution) and negative impacts on health (e.g., injuries, physical inactivity). Future research should further explore patterns of e-scooter use and explicitly examine the linkages between e-scooters and areas of health beyond just injuries. View Full-Text
Keywords: electric scooters; urban transport; public health electric scooters; urban transport; public health
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Glenn, J.; Bluth, M.; Christianson, M.; Pressley, J.; Taylor, A.; Macfarlane, G.S.; Chaney, R.A. Considering the Potential Health Impacts of Electric Scooters: An Analysis of User Reported Behaviors in Provo, Utah. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6344. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176344

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Glenn J, Bluth M, Christianson M, Pressley J, Taylor A, Macfarlane GS, Chaney RA. Considering the Potential Health Impacts of Electric Scooters: An Analysis of User Reported Behaviors in Provo, Utah. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(17):6344. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176344

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Glenn, Jeffrey, Madeline Bluth, Mannon Christianson, Jaymie Pressley, Austin Taylor, Gregory S. Macfarlane, and Robert A. Chaney 2020. "Considering the Potential Health Impacts of Electric Scooters: An Analysis of User Reported Behaviors in Provo, Utah" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 17: 6344. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17176344

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