New research data from Neuron Mobility has revealed that six per cent of its e-scooter riders have a disability or mobility issue.
Neuron has programs in 17 Canadian cities, including Calgary, Red Deer, and right here in our own city of Lethbridge.
The data is from Neuron’s rider surveys which were conducted between July and November of last year. There were over 2600 responses from various Canadian cities.
“And in this case here, we found that there’s a number of riders that have told us that these devices are really helpful to get around, to get to work, or to go to school and that sort of thing. And so these are a lot of things that people might not see. Somebody might have MS or asthma. And so an e-scooter is a bit of a lifeline in being a little more mobile in the community and getting to where they need to go. And so what we’ve seen is that many of these trips would not have occurred if an e-scooter wasn’t available, and they wouldn’t be able to participate in local community initiatives or make it to work or be more active in the community if an e-scooter wasn’t available,” says Isaac Ransom, the head of corporate affairs for Neuron Mobility Canada.
According to Neuron, some riders who appreciated the scooters were also reportedly suffering from conditions such as fibromyalgia, scoliosis or other chronic pain.