Initial situation and motivation
New trend devices are regularly entering the market, which are promoted and advertised by retailers in different ways. In recent years, small e-vehicles have become increasingly available (e.g. hoverboards, e-scooters, longboards, Segways, monowheels etc.). Due to the increased use of different small vehicles on everyday roads, it is now necessary to create appropriate legal and infrastructural framework conditions. So far, these framework conditions have only been created reactively, although the trends were foreseeable.
The potential of electrically powered micro-vehicles is unfolding above all in combination with public transport, since the "first and last mile" of everyday journeys can be covered quickly with these vehicles, thus creating an attractive alternative to the car. In addition, an extension of accessibility on footpaths has a positive effect on active forms of mobility.
Objectives and results
Within the scope of the e-WALK project (recording the impact potentials of the everyday use of small electric vehicles for pedestrians), concrete measures are derived on the basis of the analysis of the necessary framework conditions on the supply and demand side as well as potential traffic effects, which promote the use of small electric vehicles to increase the modal shift to means of transport of the environmental alliance (active mobility, public transport).
In doing so, infrastructural, user-related, legal and traffic safety aspects are taken into account.
The aims of this practical test are to identify problem and conflict situations in order to increase road safety and to identify additional requirements and wishes for infrastructure and public transport providers.