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Micromobility entails lightweight, emergent modes of travel, like standing electric scooters (“e-scooters”), electric bicycles ("e-bikes"), electric skateboards (“e-skateboards”), and other related devices, that offer alternatives to walking and biking for short-distance, first-mile, and last-mile trips. Many cities around the world have seen the rapid deployment of micromobility devices, often without supporting infrastructure and regulations in place. This rapid deployment has, in some cases, led to user confusion and conflicts with pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles in spaces where adequate infrastructure is not available. Compounding these difficulties is the fact that crash coding for these devices is often absent or still evolving, and a lack of uniformity can make it difficult for practitioners to identify and address safety concerns for micromobility users. Many cities lack appropriate regulations or policies to ensure that all road users' safety and infrastructural needs are met.

This special issue invites researchers to submit articles exploring the risks micromobility users face, papers examining the data requirements of properly measuring micromobility user (and other road users) safety, papers exploring public perceptions of micromobility, and research addressing the gaps in supporting infrastructure and policy for this emergent technology. It will collect the most recent research on these emergent transportation modes to help researchers, practitioners, and local government officials understand the needs and want of micromobility users and the road users with whom they interact. This issue is intended to highlight current and future safety implications of interactions between all road users and micromobility users, as well as the data need to be required to understand these implications and the policies and procedures that produce and govern these interactions. Authors are encouraged to submit sound research that will enable transportation engineering and planning professionals to better understand the rules and regulations needed to support this complex, rapidly evolving travel mode.

Researchers are encouraged to submit manuscripts detailing crash analyses, data collection methods, policy analysis, systems dynamics models of deployment, overviews of supporting legislation, planning and design analysis, and other topics related to micromobility safety. We encourage researchers to submit original research, methods articles, systems theory papers, and data reports. If you believe you have an interesting topic that falls outside these general bounds, please submit an abstract and indicate the type of manuscript proposed.

Keywords: Emerging Non-Motorized Transportation Technologies, Traffic Safety, Micromobility, Safety, Data, E-Scooter, Risk, Electric Bicycle, Ridesharing, Regulations, Planning, Emerging technologies, E-skateboards


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Micromobility entails lightweight, emergent modes of travel, like standing electric scooters (“e-scooters”), electric bicycles ("e-bikes"), electric skateboards (“e-skateboards”), and other related devices, that offer alternatives to walking and biking for short-distance, first-mile, and last-mile trips. Many cities around the world have seen the rapid deployment of micromobility devices, often without supporting infrastructure and regulations in place. This rapid deployment has, in some cases, led to user confusion and conflicts with pedestrians, bicyclists, and motor vehicles in spaces where adequate infrastructure is not available. Compounding these difficulties is the fact that crash coding for these devices is often absent or still evolving, and a lack of uniformity can make it difficult for practitioners to identify and address safety concerns for micromobility users. Many cities lack appropriate regulations or policies to ensure that all road users' safety and infrastructural needs are met.

This special issue invites researchers to submit articles exploring the risks micromobility users face, papers examining the data requirements of properly measuring micromobility user (and other road users) safety, papers exploring public perceptions of micromobility, and research addressing the gaps in supporting infrastructure and policy for this emergent technology. It will collect the most recent research on these emergent transportation modes to help researchers, practitioners, and local government officials understand the needs and want of micromobility users and the road users with whom they interact. This issue is intended to highlight current and future safety implications of interactions between all road users and micromobility users, as well as the data need to be required to understand these implications and the policies and procedures that produce and govern these interactions. Authors are encouraged to submit sound research that will enable transportation engineering and planning professionals to better understand the rules and regulations needed to support this complex, rapidly evolving travel mode.

Researchers are encouraged to submit manuscripts detailing crash analyses, data collection methods, policy analysis, systems dynamics models of deployment, overviews of supporting legislation, planning and design analysis, and other topics related to micromobility safety. We encourage researchers to submit original research, methods articles, systems theory papers, and data reports. If you believe you have an interesting topic that falls outside these general bounds, please submit an abstract and indicate the type of manuscript proposed.

Keywords: Emerging Non-Motorized Transportation Technologies, Traffic Safety, Micromobility, Safety, Data, E-Scooter, Risk, Electric Bicycle, Ridesharing, Regulations, Planning, Emerging technologies, E-skateboards


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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