Electric Scooters are 23% Safer than Bikes in Denmark!
Yet Denmark’s Ministry of Transport and Housing released a report stating scooters were “7 times more dangerous than bikes”
By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston
The Danish headline read “Electric scooters are ‘seven times’ more dangerous than bicycles on Danish roads”
The Minister even said “One of my key responsibilities as transport minister is to ensure that we can travel safely and securely in traffic. This evaluation unfortunately suggests that this is not the case with regards to electric scooters,” Engelbrecht said via the ministry statement.
The report seems to have been done by bureaucrats without understanding transport or how the vehicles are used.
When you adjust the Ministry’s own data for an average scooter journey of 2km and an average bike journey of 6km you find there are 36 bike accidents per million rides compared to only 28 electric scooter accidents!
We’re finding many biases like this built into reporting of electric scooters. Bikes and escooters are both great sustainable forms of transport — crashes occur as with any mode — most crashes are due to poor urban design and maintenance — too focused on cars.