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Men feel more comfortable riding electric scooters compared to women, writes researcher Jennifer Dill.

FILE PHOTO - A close-up of Lime electric scooters is shown here. As electric scooters return to streets across the Rose City, men are likely making up a disproportionate share of the riders, according to new research.

Using data provided by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland State University researcher Jennifer Dill found that roughly two-thirds of scooter riders are men — while about a third are women.

To be exact, about 64 percent of riders are men, while 34 percent are women. About two percent identify as transgender or non-binary.

On her blog, Dill notes that the gender gap may be due to safety concerns.

"If we want e-scooters to be a mobility option for everyone, we need to be thinking about providing safe and comfortable places to ride," she wrote.

According to her analysis, about 54 percent of female riders say having a safe place to ride would increase their use of scooters. Only 46 percent of men agreed.

Dill has found a similar gap among cyclists.


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