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Shared electric scooters and electric bikes can reduce traffic in urban centres

Evidence from a policy experiment shows that public safety bans on electric scooters and electric bikes can generate unintended traffic congestion in city centres. The studied ban is found to increase travel times by 9–11% for daily evening commutes and by 37% following stadium events.

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Fig. 1: Micromobility experimental designs.


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This is a summary: Asensio, O. I. et al. Impacts of micromobility on car displacement with evidence from a natural experiment and geofencing policy. Nat. Energy (2022).

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Shared electric scooters and electric bikes can reduce traffic in urban centres. Nat Energy 7, 1013–1014 (2022).

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