IIHS Study Says Scooter Speed Limits Are Increasing Risks For Pedestrians

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Stricter speed limits might be pushing electric scooter travelers onto the sidewalks, a new study from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety suggests.

The nonprofit research organization compared scooter use in Austin, Texas, where the speed limit for scooter travel is 20 mph, and Washington D.C., where it is 10 mph. Where bike lanes are not present, D.C. riders were 44 percent more likely to venture off the streets and onto the sidewalk than in Austin. This was true even when road traffic was heavier in Austin and when pedestrian and cyclist populations were denser in D.C.

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