Visitors of Cities Who Use E-scooters More Spend More
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Source: The Conversation – Shared e-scooters are becoming common in major cities around the world. Initial safety concerns about e-scooters left some national administrations wary, but early results from a research survey shows major benefits from e-scooters for tourists and local economies.
Until now there has been limited evidence that e-scooters help tourists either visit more local attractions or spend more. Australia’s first e-scooter trials began in Brisbane as recently as 2018. Services have since been launched in South Australia, the ACT, North Queensland and the NT.
While e-scooters may offer a low-carbon option for post-COVID tourism, do these schemes benefit tourist cities?
The research team at Griffith University’s Cities Research Institute partnered with Neuron Mobility to conduct a survey of Townsville tourists between December 2020 and February 2021. The survey collected shopping and travel patterns of 140 visiting e-scooter users, as well as the patterns of 80 Townsville residents. Some of these users had bought multi-day subscription passes.
The researchers have analysed the visiting e-scooter users’ travel and spending behaviours. Though their e-scooter hire costs were identical, the visitors who rode the e-scooters the most spent more money in Townsville each day. The more avid e-scooter users (the top third by distance travelled) spent 41% more per day than those in the bottom third for use.
The avid users completed on median 11 e-scooter trips, covering nearly 26km each, while in Townsville. Many of these trips (60%) would have been completed by walking if e-scooters were unavailable. They would have taken longer to complete each trip on foot, thus limiting the total number of destinations visited. Other trips wouldn’t have occurred at all.