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Most Electric Scooter Riders Are Men. Here's Why.

Most users of micromobility devices like dockless scooters and e-bikes are young men. Fixing that gender gap may take more than just adding safety features.
Men are twice as likely as women to use micromobility devices like electric scooters. And safety fears may be a big reason why.
Men are twice as likely as women to use micromobility devices like electric scooters. And safety fears may be a big reason why.Andrew Harnik/AP

Bicycles, scooters, Segways, skateboards, and other foot- and battery-boosted “little vehicles” represent a diverse assortment of contraptions, but they’re united by one thing: They all draw significantly more men than women in major U.S. cities, according to new research published last month in Transport Findings.

That paints a consistent pattern with what local ridership studies of dockless electric scooter use in Portland and Austin have found. And the danger factor of micromobility appears to be the main barrier to adoption, both in terms of the vehicles themselves and the infrastructure they rely on.