This data is, well, sobering. Sure, this study only lays out correlations and can't imply any causation, and the data pool is very small. But it's clear that reckless eScooter drivers can endanger both themselves and others. Consumer Reports has tallied eight instances where people have died while using rentable eScooters since 2017, and also found that more than one-in-four eScooter users were unsure of which traffic laws they should adhere to. As many urban bikers have probably noticed, eScooters frequently dip into bike lanes instead of remaining in the general flow of traffic. A recent Reddit comment thread on the question of where scooters should scoot sums up the confusion pretty well: folks report cops telling them to get in the bike lane, and cyclists point out that while some eScooters are no faster than bikes, others move quickly enough to pose a real threat to people on foot-powered forms of transport. Then again, even those dangerously zippy scooters are pretty slow and wimpy compared to cars. One thing everyone in the thread can agree on: scooters should get the heck off of the sidewalk.