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Oregonian: Portland women aren’t riding e-scooters nearly as much as men, study finds
Author: Lizzy Acker
Posted: April 30, 2019

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Shared electric scooters are coming back to Portland streets Friday, and one question that comes with their return is, who is riding?

The answer is mostly men, according to a Portland State University researcher.

Jennifer Dill, director of Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center, analyzed data collected by the Portland Bureau of Transportation during the e-scooter pilot period in 2018.

By the time you read this, electric scooters will be back on the block.

The agency surveyed scooter riders to find out more about scooters in Portland and more than 4,500 riders responded. Of those respondents, 34% were women and 2% were transgender or non-binary.

A substantial 64% were men.

According to a press release sent out Friday, Dill found that men and women used scooters for different reasons.

“Men were more likely to use e-scooters because they could get around faster,” the release said. “Women used scooters because they were curious about them or thought it would be fun.”

Dill also found that women would be more likely to ride e-scooters if they had a safe place to ride, with 54% of women responding that a safe place to ride would increase their use and 46% of men responding the same thing.

“If we want e-scooters to be a mobility option for everyone,” Dill wrote, “we need to be thinking about providing safe and comfortable places to ride.”