Despite presenting similar risks and roadway safety challenges, mopeds/scooters are very frequently not held to the same safety standards and considerations as motorcycles. In the U.S., the majority of states do not require more than a standard driver license to operate a moped or a motor scooter, and few states have universal scooter helmet legislation. This, in part, contributes to the public perception of mopeds/scooters as fundamentally different from motorcycles when it comes to safety precautions, such as the use of personal protective gear including helmets.
The objective of the proposed study is to investigate safety issues unique to moped and motor scooter riding, and to connect those findings with practical policy recommendations and educational programs. The research will also develop a web-based tool that can allow state safety offices or other stakeholders to create social media graphics, posters, and other visual content related to moped/motor scooter safety.