E-Scooter Use and the Influence for Public Transportation

Thesis (BA/MA)

Advisor(s): Sina Zimmermann, Hochschule Neu-Ulm (Sina.Zimmermann@hnu.de)


Congestion, noise and air pollution - urban mobility is one of the most challenging issues of the 21st century. More and more people live in cities and metropolitan areas and are dependent on a functioning transport system. In addition to public transport, e-scooter sharing services have been providing another sustainable option as an alternative to the use of private cars in cities for several years.

The thesis will first analyze user behavior in the city centers of Ulm/Neu-Ulm. For this purpose, user data from the largest e-scooter provider (TIER) in the region will be used and analyzed.  Furthermore, this user data will be compared with the route networks of public transport in order to deduce whether e-scooters are used in addition to or instead of public transport.


Within the scope of the final thesis, the following research questions are to be answered:

  • What is the current state of research in the (IS) literature on e-scooter use and the impact on public transportation?
  • What is the mobility behavior of e-scooter users in the city centers of Ulm/Neu-Ulm?
  • How does the use of e-scooters in the city centers of Ulm/Neu-Ulm influence the use of public transport?

Further Information

The thesis must be written in English. The specific topic is determined in consultation with the student. If you have further questions, please do not hesitate to contact me directly. Please send your application including our application form, a current transcript of records, and your CV to Sina.Zimmermann@hnu.de. Please note that we can only consider applications with complete documents.