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Virginia Tech Electric Scooter Study Focuses on Safety Concerns

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3 E-SCOOTERS ARE GROWING IN POPULARITYTHEY'RE POPPING UP IN HAMPTON AND CHARLOTTESVILLE

NOW THEY'RE COMING TO ROANOKE THESE NEW TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS OFTEN COME WITH LOTS OF INJURIES RESEARCHERS WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THEM AND HOW THEY HAPPEN

3 HUNDREDS OF THOSE ELECTRIC SCOOTERS ARE SET TO ROLL OUT ONTO VIRGINIA TECH'S CAMPUS NEXT MONTHIT'S PART OF A STUDY BY THE UNIVERSITY'S TRANPORTATION INSTITUTE 3 WFXR'S BREANA AL-BEE-ZU IS LIVE IN BLACKSBURG BREANA GOOD MORNINGYOU SPOKE WITH RESEARCHERS THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME E-SCOOTERS WILL BE IMPLEMENTED WITH SPECIAL EQUIPMENT FOR DATA COLLECTION? 3 3 GOOD MORNINGTHIS IS ACTUALLY THE FIRST STUDY VIRGINIA TECH HAS CONDUCTED IN TERMS OF ANALYZING ELECTRIC SCOOTERS THEY HAVE BEEN INCREASINGLY POPULAR ACROSS THE COUNTRY, BUT THEY ALSO HAVE BEEN CONTROVERSIAL, WHICH IS WHY THE UNIVERSITY WANTS TO UNDERSTAND SOME OF THE SAFETY CONCERNS AND NEGATIVE EFFECTS ASSOCIATED WITH E SCOOTER DEPLOYMENTCOURTESY :00 – :07 NOW EXACTLY 300 SCOOTERS WILL BE PLACED AROUND CAMPUS IN SEPTEMBER, WITH 50 OF THOSE BEING EQUIPPED WITH DATA ACQUISITION EQUIPMENT TO CLOSELY MONITOR THEIR USES THERE WILL ALSO BE FIXED CAMERAS IN CERTAIN AREAS TO ALSO OBSERVE THE INTERACTIONS THESE SCOOTERS MAY HAVE WITH PEDESTRIANS AND OTHER VEHICLES SPIN IS THE COMPANY THAT WILL PROVIDE THE SCOOTER FOR THE 3 STUDY AND ADDITIONAL FUNDING

THEY ARE AN AFFILIATE OF FORD, WHO VIRGINIA TECH ALREADY HAS AGOOD 3 RELATIONSHIP WITH RESEARCHERS TELL ME AS E SCOOTERS ARE BECOMING MORE POPULAR, THE UNIVERSITY WAS INTERESTED IN PROVING THIS MICROMOBILITY OPTION, BUT THEY WANTED TO MAKE SURE THEY COULD SAFELY DEPLOY THEM ONTO CAMPUS AND THE SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES I SPOKE WITH ELIZABETH WHITE, A RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATION AT VTTI, ABOUT THE COOL FEATURES 50 OF THE CHOSEN E SCOOTERS WILL HAVE FOR DATA COLLECTION I SPOKE WITH ELIZABETH WHITE, A RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATION AT VTTI, ABOUT WHAT RESEARCHERS ARE HOPING TO FIND FROM THEIR STUDYI SPOKE WITH ELIZABETH WHITE, A RESEARCH ASSOCIATE AT THE CENTER FOR TECHNOLOGY IMPLEMENTATION AT VTTI, ABOUT HOW THIS STUDY CAN IMPACT E SCOOTER DEPLOYMENTS AROUND OTHER COLLEGE CAMPUSES

3 "OUR RESEARCH STUDY IS REALLY HOPING TO HAVE, AS A RESULT, SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OTHER COLLEGE CAMPUSES, OTHER COMMUNITIES, TO DEPLOY SCOOTERS IN A WAY THAT MAKES SENSE FOR THAT COMMUNITY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS IS HELMET USE ABOUT 45% OF E SCOOTERS ACCIDENTS RESULT IN A HEAD INJURY AND ONLY ABOUT 3% OF RIDERS WEAR A HELMET" 3 BREANA THANK YOU THE SPIN SCOOTERS 3 WILL BE ON CAMPUS AND READY TO USE SEPTEMBER 3RD

3 WE'RE TAKING A CLOSER LOOK

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