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Youngsters’ Opinions and Attitudes toward the Use of Electric Bicycles in Israel

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Shamoon College of Engineering, Jabotinsky str. 84, Ashdod 77245, Israel
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Transportation Research Institute, Technion City, Haifa 32000, Israel
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Sustainability 2018, 10(12), 4352; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124352
Received: 28 September 2018 / Revised: 13 November 2018 / Accepted: 16 November 2018 / Published: 22 November 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Road Transportation Planning)
Throughout Israel, unlike other countries, a growing use of electric bicycle (EB) by youngsters (below 18) has been observed, accompanied by a drastic increase in the number of related injuries. This phenomenon is widely discussed by various authorities and media in Israel, whilst its characteristics are actually unknown. Existing literature on the use of EBs is limited. Thus, an opinion survey of young EB riders was conducted, with the aim of recording and analyzing the characteristics and general perception of teen EB users and to explore their behaviors. The results show that using EBs increases the frequency and the distance of teens’ daily commute. The use of EB improves mobility independence, allowing for less reliance on parents and a widening of potential destinations. In addition, the results indicate that a substantial percent of the teens are not familiar with the legal regulations concerning EBs having been involved in various dangerous behaviors. Though the overall preference is to use bicycle paths, the common acceptable alternative is pedestrian sidewalks. These results suggest that a combination of road safety education and training with an improvement of existing infrastructure are the best way to tackle this new and widespread phenomenon. View Full-Text
Keywords: e-bicycles; youngsters; behaviors; attitudes; risks e-bicycles; youngsters; behaviors; attitudes; risks
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Elias, W.; Gitelman, V. Youngsters’ Opinions and Attitudes toward the Use of Electric Bicycles in Israel. Sustainability 2018, 10, 4352. https://doi.org/10.3390/su10124352

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