It’s not hard to understand scooters’ appeal. Compared to other urban transport options, they’re cheap, typically requiring just a dollar to start. They’re convenient, needing no parking spaces. And, because they add little to congestion and produce zero tailpipe emissions, they can be ridden with a clean green conscience.
But what does the proliferation of tiny vehicles mean for traffic safety? Do they bring us closer to achieving the goal of Vision Zero, or are they just a faddish sideshow of no real consequence? The answer begins by considering falling off one of the many new tiny vehicles on the street.