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Perception Analysis of E-Scooter Riders and Non-Riders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Survey Outputs

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Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, King Saud University, P. O. Box 800, Riyadh 11421, Saudi Arabia
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Booz Allen Hamilton, Washington, DC 20003, USA
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Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD 4059, Australia
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Sustainability 2021, 13(2), 863; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020863
Received: 14 November 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 13 January 2021 / Published: 16 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Sustainable Transportation)
This study explores the feasibility of launching an e-scooter sharing system as a new micro-mobility mode, and part of the public transportation system in the city of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Therefore, survey was conducted in April 2020 to shed light on the perception of e-scooter systems in Riyadh. A sample of 439 respondents was collected, where majority indicated willingness to use the e-scooter sharing system if available (males are twice as likely to agree than females). Roughly 75% of the respondents indicated that open entertainment areas and shopping malls are ideal places for e-scooter sharing systems. Results indicated that people who use ride-hailing services such as Uber, expressed more willingness to use e-scooters for various purposes. The study found that the major obstacle for deploying e-scooters in Saudi Arabia is the lack of sufficient infrastructure (70%), followed by weather (63%) and safety (49%). Moreover, the study found that approximately half of the respondents believed that COVID-19 will not affect their willingness to ride e-scooters. Two types of logistic regression models were built. The outcomes of the models show that gender, age, and using ride-hailing services play an important role in respondents’ willingness to use e-scooter. Results will enable policymakers and operating agencies to evaluate the feasibility of deploying e-scooters and better manage the operation of the system as an integral and reliable part of public transportation. View Full-Text
Keywords: user perception; e-scooter sharing system; Saudi Arabia; micro-mobility; mobility-as-a-service; COVID-19 user perception; e-scooter sharing system; Saudi Arabia; micro-mobility; mobility-as-a-service; COVID-19
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Almannaa, M.H.; Alsahhaf, F.A.; Ashqar, H.I.; Elhenawy, M.; Masoud, M.; Rakotonirainy, A. Perception Analysis of E-Scooter Riders and Non-Riders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Survey Outputs. Sustainability 2021, 13, 863. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020863

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Almannaa MH, Alsahhaf FA, Ashqar HI, Elhenawy M, Masoud M, Rakotonirainy A. Perception Analysis of E-Scooter Riders and Non-Riders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Survey Outputs. Sustainability. 2021; 13(2):863. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020863

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Almannaa, Mohammed H., Faisal A. Alsahhaf, Huthaifa I. Ashqar, Mohammed Elhenawy, Mahmoud Masoud, and Andry Rakotonirainy. 2021. "Perception Analysis of E-Scooter Riders and Non-Riders in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Survey Outputs" Sustainability 13, no. 2: 863. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13020863

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