Mike Lloyd

Weaving fun and functionality. A study of everyday urban e-scootering

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Existing research from transport studies agrees that e-scooters are both functional and fun to use; however, detail is lacking on exactly where, when, and how e-scooters are used in a playful manner. Existing research also illustrates how, once allowed into city space, regulations tend to follow, limiting e-scooter speed and place of use. This is partly because of accrued statistics on accident and injury rates, both to e-scooterists and pedestrians. Hence, the question of how exactly e-scooters are used is an important one. It is studied here via qualitative analysis of video data collected by discreetly following e-scooterists and filming their actions amongst other co-movers in specific places. Very few studies of this kind exist, consequently the emphasis is upon detailed empirical analysis rather than theorisation or conceptual development. Through the presentation of graphic transcripts and a relatively simple comparative approach, new knowledge is gained on the complexities of e-scooter use within the city streetscape.


  • e-scooters
  • mobile video-data
  • interaction
  • play
  • ethnomethodology


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