Are E-Scooters a Threat to Active Travel?


active transportation
active living
physical activity

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Cubells, J., Bretones, A., & Roig-Costa, O. (2024). Are E-Scooters a Threat to Active Travel?. Journal of Healthy Eating and Active Living, 3(3), 107–111.


Electric scooters have emerged with the promise to shift citizens away from cars and thus are promoted by some as sustainable modes of transport that are sometimes equated to active travel modes. Yet, calling them "active modes" might be misleading, as riders often assume a sedentary position, contributing to less active lifestyles. In densely populated cities, e-scooters may not be the silver bullet for enhancing active commuting, as their sheer convenience sometimes nudges people away from walking. Furthermore, the aggressive riding associated with them can generate fears of injury among active travelers and consequently deter walking. Despite this, e-scooters' swiftness and convenience continue to attract users, contributing to riders’ travel satisfaction and wellbeing. All in all, e-scooters present a fascinating paradox – a mode of transport that's both sedentary and thrilling. Understanding this dichotomy is essential as we navigate the intricate intersection of mobility, well-being, and community health.


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