E-bikes, E-scooters, Hoverboards: how to stay safe using micromobility products

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A recent U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) report shows hazardous patterns of injuries and deaths associated with e-scooters, hoverboards, and e-bikes. The latest data indicates that micromobility products are the cause of more than 190,000 emergency room visits from 2017 to 2020, a steady 70% increase from 2017 to 2020. Injuries resulting from these products most frequently impact the head, neck, upper and lower limbs. In addition, the CPSC noted 71 fatalities associated with e-scooters, hoverboards, and e-bikes since 2017.

The CPSC has derived three broad areas of hazards resulting from micromobility products: mechanical, electrical, and human factors. In order to improve these products, the CPSC continues to work with the ASTM International and Underwriter Laboratories (UL), perform analysis on incident data and testing various hazards, and collaborate with federal partners and industry stakeholders to promote safety.

To avoid injuries when using e-scooters, hoverboards, and e-bikes, the CPSC recommends always wearing a helmet and to check for damage on the micromobility vehicles prior to beginning your ride. Though these products seem simple, reckless behavior can cause loss of control and lead to a crash and injury. Don’t be like these people.

In addition, for e-scooters and e-bikes:

  • Always test the brakes before riding.

  • Ride with both hands on the handlebars.

  • These are single-person vehicles. Never put more than one person on one.

  • Don’t listen to music or talk on your phone while riding.

For hoverboards:

  • Stay clear of rough roads. Hoverboards are made for smooth ground, like sidewalks and bike paths.

  • Practice, practice, practice. Posture and balance are important; learn to safely mount and step off of a hoverboard. You must maneuver around pedestrians, dogs, stationary obstacles and so on, so make sure you practice turning and making sudden stops in a quiet area before riding your hoverboard in public places.

More safety tips can be found on the CPSC’s Safety Alert and Safety PSA.

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