These devices let users zip around town quickly, but they also expose people to more accidents. And now the scooter phenomenon has grown large enough that the Centers for Disease Control has sent special researchers to Austin, Texas to study it.
The researchers, working with the Austin Transportation Department and Austin Public Health, will examine data from a 60-day period, from Sept. 5 to Nov. 4, where the city documented 37 emergency calls and 68 injuries related to scooters. Interviews begin next week, according to the Austin American-Statesmen.
Ultimately, the city hopes the epidemiologists will spot patterns that will be used to determine new local rules around scooter use.