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Gender Equality and E-Scooters: Mind the Gap! A Statistical Analysis of the Sicily Region, Italy

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Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, Kore University of Enna, Cittadella Universitaria, 94100 Enna, Italy
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School of Architecture and the Built Environment, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 11428 Stockholm, Sweden
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Department of Transportation and Hydraulic Engineering, School of Rural and Surveying Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, 54124 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Soc. Sci. 2021, 10(10), 403; https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10100403
Received: 4 September 2021 / Revised: 4 October 2021 / Accepted: 7 October 2021 / Published: 19 October 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Promotion, Public Health, and Built Environment)
Mobility since 2000 has undergone enormous changes due to new modes of transport and related technologies as well as catastrophic and pandemic events. Several strategies have been implemented by European states to mitigate impacts and assess possible risks in a preventive way. Today, mobility pursues the objectives of sustainability and resilience through a series of short-, medium- and long-term strategies that encourage the collaboration of the population to the choices of urban planning and design. Among the different modes of transport that have had a rise in recent years are scooters. Such modes are well suited to connecting spaces within the first and last mile. Similar to other modes of transportation, scooters are also characterized to date by reduced gender equity. The present work investigates through the administration of an online survey the participants’ perceptions concerning the factors that most affect this gender balance considering the metropolitan areas of Catania and Palermo in Sicily. The development of an ordinal regression model revealed the most influential factors of the gender equality variable. Specifically, age, job occupation and perceived safety level of micromobility modes play the most important role. The present findings can be effectively utilized in the planning stage of e-scooter services towards the bridging of the gender gap. View Full-Text
Keywords: gender gap; mobility equality; e-scooter; sustainable mobility; regression modeling; gender issues in transport gender gap; mobility equality; e-scooter; sustainable mobility; regression modeling; gender issues in transport
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Campisi, T.; Skoufas, A.; Kaltsidis, A.; Basbas, S. Gender Equality and E-Scooters: Mind the Gap! A Statistical Analysis of the Sicily Region, Italy. Soc. Sci. 2021, 10, 403. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10100403

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Campisi T, Skoufas A, Kaltsidis A, Basbas S. Gender Equality and E-Scooters: Mind the Gap! A Statistical Analysis of the Sicily Region, Italy. Social Sciences. 2021; 10(10):403. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10100403

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Campisi, Tiziana, Anastasios Skoufas, Alexandros Kaltsidis, and Socrates Basbas. 2021. "Gender Equality and E-Scooters: Mind the Gap! A Statistical Analysis of the Sicily Region, Italy" Social Sciences 10, no. 10: 403. https://doi.org/10.3390/socsci10100403

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