Title: Shared Electric Scooters in Vienna: Analyzing Usage Characteristics with Limited Data
Authors: Radics, Miklós 
Shibayama, Takeru  
Emberger, Günter  
Category: Original Research Article
Issue Date: 31-Jul-2020
Abstract: 
The usage characteristics of shared electric scooters are largely unknown as private operators
rarely make usage data publicly available. To overcome this barrier, we developed a
methodology to monitor shared e-scooters only with publicly available data. We applied the
methodology to identify trips and analyze their characteristics during a two-week period in the
summer of 2019 in Vienna. We estimate that approximately 68,000 shared e-scooter trips were
taken during this period. The majority of shared e-scooter trips are estimated to be between
500m and 2.5km: shared e-scooters are used in different distance and duration ranges
compared to walking, cycling and bike-sharing, covering a niche of existing urban transport
modes. The spatiotemporal analysis suggests use for recreation and tourism rather than
everyday commuting, although its use as a public transport feeder mode is also estimated to
be significant.
Keywords: electric scooter-sharing; shared mobility; usage characteristics; micromobility
DOI: 10.34726/1032
Organisation: E230-01 - Forschungsbereich Verkehrsplanung und Verkehrstechnik 
License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
Publication Type: Article
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