WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - A new name in e-scooters will soon be hitting the paths of Purdue. Jelly scooters came directly to Purdue to help answer questions in a growing market.
"This is that ultimate living laboratory experience,” said Darcy Bullock, a faculty member in the School of Civil Engineering.
Jelly scooters are part of a campus-wide research project. Darcy Bullock, Purdue’s Lyles Family Professor of Civil Engineering and director of the Joint Transportation Research Program, which is operated out of Purdue’s Discovery Park. Partnered with Jelly scooters, he is aiming to find the best practices for using e-scooters in urban and campus environments. "We're going to learn some lessons on what works well, what doesn't work well and then come up with creative solutions on how to accommodate them in the new transportation ecosystem here,” said Bullock.
This is thought to be the first academic study on this topic. 40 scooters will be distributed across campus for the initial study. It will last four weeks.
According to Alternative Transportation Coordinator Aaron Madrid, the only thing holding back the testing is the app. "It works basically the same as most of the other share apps right now. It's not in the app store just yet, that's what we're waiting on right now,” said Madrid.
With the recent success of Bird Scooters, Madrid hopes the study will continue the push towards greener transportation. "You can hop on a scooter and ride it for a good mile or two across campus, through the town or to a meeting,” added Madrid.
"E-scooters are a nice, green transportation choice that helps address the 'last mile' problem in high population density environments where many people use public transit or park on the outer edge," Madrid said. "The scooters are already safer than motor vehicles, but this research will help us learn more about how to make their use even safer."
Once the study is complete, the group wants to take the data and create regulations to improve scooter safety. The scooters are set to be distributed sometime this fall as soon as the app is complete.