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Feelings of insecurity, obstacles and conflicts: Issues blind people have with e-scooters in public space and potential improvements

Hardinghaus, Michael and Oostendorp, Rebekka (2022) Feelings of insecurity, obstacles and conflicts: Issues blind people have with e-scooters in public space and potential improvements. 6th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, 2022-08-31 - 2022-09-02, Skiathos, Griechenlad.

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Abstract

In recent years, light electric standing scooters have become a popular mode of transport in urban areas all around the world. Even though this type of ve-hicle has been first introduced only a few years ago, e-scooters are of major in-terest in transport research and there is a rapidly growing body of research on various aspects of e-scooters. In this contribution, we focus on the voice of a marginal group in transporta-tion. We investigate the experiences and opinions blind and visually impaired people have towards e-scooters. For doing so, we conducted a survey on expe-riences and opinions on e-scooters consisting of closed and open questions. The survey was disseminated via associations and key partners. A total of 276 blind or visually impaired persons participated in spring 2021 in Germany. The results show that blind and visually impaired probands feel highly dis-turbed by e-scooters in their everyday mobility. Almost all participants have already experienced conflicting situations with e-scooters as pedestrians. Thereby, unproperly parked e-scooters cause by far more problems than those driving. Half of the respondents have already tripped or fallen because of a parked e-scooter. Therefore, the greatest potential for improving the situation for this group and pedestrians in general, lies in fixed parking areas. The results enable us to understand the perspective of a group often less con-sidered in transport research. We draw recommendations based on the assess-ment of this specific group in order to develop the transport system towards an integrative design.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/190717/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Feelings of insecurity, obstacles and conflicts: Issues blind people have with e-scooters in public space and potential improvements
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iDORCID Put Code
Hardinghaus, MichaelUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3846-0323UNSPECIFIED
Oostendorp, RebekkaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-3675-3931UNSPECIFIED
Date:2022
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Status:Published
Keywords:e-scooter, survey results, e-scooter sharing, micromobility, urban mobility, blind, visually impaired, equity, road safety, vulnerable road user
Event Title:6th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility
Event Location:Skiathos, Griechenlad
Event Type:international Conference
Event Start Date:31 August 2022
Event End Date:2 September 2022
Organizer:University of Thessaly & TTLog
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - VMo4Orte - Vernetzte Mobilität für lebenswerte Orte, V - UrMo Digital (old)
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research > Mobility and Urban Development
Deposited By: Hardinghaus, Dr. Michael
Deposited On:13 Jan 2023 14:43
Last Modified:24 Apr 2024 20:51

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