Hundreds of people have been injured while riding e-scooters around Brisbane, new data from three emergency departments shows.
The figures, collated by the Jamieson Trauma Institute (JTI), found a total of 797 people went to hospital after being injured on an “electric personal mobility device”, including e-bikes, e-skateboards, segways and hoverboards.
The data was collected in the 18 months to May 2020 from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital (RBWH), Princess Alexandra and Mater hospitals.
The majority of injuries, 624, were from e-scooters that had been hired.
Jamieson Trauma Institute researcher and RBWH emergency department staff specialist Dr Gary Mitchell said 54 per cent of those who went to hospitals were not wearing helmets.
Upper limb fractures and head injuries were most common, with 18 per cent of people requiring hospitalisation.
People under the age of 35 accounted for almost 70 per cent of cases.
Brisbane City Council is adding another 800 e-scooters and e-bikes to its fleet today.
Dr Mitchell said there needed to be increased awareness, infrastructure and regulation.
“We know they’re not going to go away but we want them to be implemented safely,” he said.
Earlier this week a man in his 50s died after the e-scooter he was riding collided with a pole inner city West End.
Police said he was wearing a helmet and that was using a private scooter, not a hired one.