Chicago study finds e-scooters are travel time competitive compared to driving in parking constrained environments.

A modeling effort of e-scooters in Chicago, Illinois.


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Shared electric scooters (e-scooters) are an emerging mobility form now found in a number of cities around the world. These systems allow users to rent an e-scooter for short periods of time for recreational or transportation use. Such vehicles typically travel between 15 and 25 mi/h and have a maximum range of roughly 30 miles. However, transportation planners, policy makers, and researchers are only just beginning to understand the impacts of these devices on transportation systems.


A research team from DePaul University in Chicago set out to study the effects of e-scooters on urban transportation systems. To do this the researchers collected a wide variety of open source data such as Open Street Map data, public transit data, bike share data and e-scooter data. This data was then used to simulate travel times and travel speeds with and without e-scooters in the Chicago area.

  • In parking-constrained, dense urban environments the introduction of e-scooters can increase the number of trips in which non-auto options are time-competitive with driving from 47 to 75 percent.
  • Due to their cost, e-scooters will likely not result in significant diversion from transit on longer distance routes.
  • Results imply that e-scooters can fill gaps in existing transportation networks.

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E-Scooter Scenarios: Evaluating the Potential Mobility Benefits of Shared Dockless Scooters in Chicago

Author: Smith and Schwieterman

Published By: The Chaddick Institute

Source Date: 12/12/2018



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Benefit ID: 2020-01460