A new study from Portland State University shows a remarkable gender difference in e-scooter ridership.
After last year's four-month pilot program, PSU's transport research and education center analyzed data from the city and found that only 34 percent of the riders were women, and only two percent were transgender or non-binary.
Jennifer Dill, the director of the center, says that scooters "seem to be attractive riders who are as furious and economically diverse as the city's population, although men and younger adults are definitely driving more."
Of the people polled, men indicated that They were more likely to use e-scooters to get around quickly, while others liked to ride scooters out of curiosity.
The study also found that 54 percent of women surveyed would ride scooters more if there were safer places to ride a complaint the Portland Bureau of Transportation is attempting to address with designated bike parking and per-ride fees to fund the greenway and bike lane inf
"If we want e-scooters to be a mobility option for everyone, we need to think about providing safe and comfortable places to ride," Dill wrote.
Chris Warner, PBOT's temporary director, says the Town Hall will use the data to "understand the implications of using e-scooters for cities across the country."
"We believe that research on the use of e-scooters can help us find new ways to make our streets safer for everyone," Warner says, no matter how you travel. "