E-SCOOTERS are just as safe for riders as conventional bikes, a report has found.
And encouraging their use while getting cars off the road will cut deaths in cities, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.
E-scooters are just as safe for riders as conventional bikes, according to a new OECD report
It believes the dangers of micromobility devices such as e-scooters or e-skateboards have been exaggerated.
The OECD found four in five deaths on e-scooters involve a car or other vehicle about the same rate as for bicycles.
E-scooter riders are also far less likely to kill other road users than cars.
The OECD report calls for a modal shift towards micromobility vehicles, saying: A road fatality is not significantly more likely when using a shared standing e-scooter rather than a bicycle.
E-scooters are banned from Britains road and pavements, although they could be legalised soon.
The OECDs International Transport Forum recommends cities allocate protected spaces for e-scooters and the like.
But it called for them to be banned from pavements and restricted to low speeds.
It urged manufacturers to improve stability.