Scooter Media Brief: Then the CDC Rode In

There's still plenty of electric scooter news in the world.

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December 14, 2018, 5:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


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Planetizen has been gathering electric scooter news for months now, and for a while the narratives were holding steady—cities were banning electric scooter share, people were embracing them, riders were ending up in the hospital, and scooter companies were launching operations without permits.

But then, this month, the Centers for Disease Control changed the arc of history by launching its first study of the public health impacts of electric scooters. According to an article by Dan Solomon, the study will take place in Austin, and seek to find hard data on the health risks of electric scooters. "It will be the first study of its kind, focusing 'on 37 EMS calls and 68 scooter injuries reported through syndromic surveillance conducted at area hospitals.'"

The study could provide an important step toward a more complete understanding of the consequences of the sudden popularity of electric scooters, and one that could also answer to at least one of the modes more measured and thoughtful, skeptics. Angie Schmitt's take on the electric scooter craze, blasted semi-frequently to Twitter, is more than worthy of amplification:

There is still a lot of work left to do to figure out how electric scooters to fit into the mix of travel modes. Here's the latest news and commentary on that societal project.

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James Brasuell

James Brasuell is a writer and editor, producing web, print, and video content on the subjects of planning, urbanism, and mobility. James has managed all editorial content and direction for Planetizen since 2014 and was promoted to editorial director in 2021.

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