For some, e-scooters are an important component of the traffic transition, for others they are fun vehicles or dangerous tripping hazards. In the inner cities of larger cities in particular, they have become part of the cityscape and streetscape - sometimes with resulting challenges for other road users.
With the entry into force of the Small Electric Vehicle Ordinance on June 15, 2019, the prerequisites were created for introducing a new means of transport in cities. Since then, numerous providers have been represented in larger cities with thousands of rental scooters. Due to the novelty of vehicles in Germany and abroad, numerous questions about the interaction of micromobility as a new mobility tool and the system of active mobility are still open.
Essentially, three topics are dealt with:
Several methods are combined with interactive survey methods, data analysis, case studies and the video-based analysis of conflicts between small electric vehicles and other road users. Thus, the project should help to enable a regulated coexistence of different means of transport and to accompany the roll-out of the new mobility offers. Experience from European pioneering cities and the introduction of stationless rental bike systems show that a good knowledge of the interactions and an appropriate design of the ramp-up can minimize the potential for conflict within the environmental network. The spatial focus is on urban street spaces in large cities.
Utilization of results
MMoNK is expected to provide diverse insights into the interactions between pedestrians, cyclists and small electric vehicles. The user group of the results is the large number of municipalities in Germany. With the project results, you will be given a basis for action for targeted handling. The transfer of the results into local practice is a central concern of the project. The product is a factsheet that summarizes the project results as well as municipal options for action and recommendations that are transferable and with a focus on further use cases. A second focus is on the preparation of suitable planning and regulatory instruments that are available to cities and municipalities for design. Based on these clear options for action, the results can be easily transferred to other municipalities in different areas. Furthermore, project results are presented at expert workshops, BMVI events such as the NRVK or the municipal bicycle conference, but also at international conferences and in renowned specialist magazines with a peer-review process, making them accessible to the specialist audience. It is investigated to what extent the knowledge gained can flow into the guideline work to improve road safety with a special focus on the design of bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in order to reduce the number and severity of people killed and seriously injured in traffic.
from 9/2020 to 3/2023