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Privately owned e-scooters and e-bikes reduce car use – but do shared services?

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Alex Bowden

Alex has been editor of ebiketips since 2021. He previously contributed news, reviews and more to and has also had a parallel (largely lapsed) career writing about cricket for various publications.


2 years 1 month ago

I'm not surprised. Buying an ebike of escooter requires signsificant investment which is only justified if you have a use case such as commuting. People are also much more committed to any mode of transport which they have invested a large sum of money. This is also obvious with a car - the investment only makes sense when you use it every day.

Rental scooters, on the other hand, are often used for convenience and replace walking. Distances below 3 km are perfectly walkable for most who can use an escooter.

2 years 1 month ago

Isnt this a bit duh?  Of course people are going to chose a powered bike over an analog bike.  The question that this survey doesnt appear to answer is do they also attract enough car drivers off of the roads to give a net positive.