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E-scooters parked along the Razorback Regional Greeenway in Fayetteville. Photo: Worth Sparkman/Axios

If you were in Fayetteville over the weekend, you probably saw someone on an e-scooter. Or had one buzz past. Or were on one yourself.

The state of play: A year and a half after Fayetteville's e-scooter program launched in November 2019, the two-wheelers are proving a popular way to make quick trips around the city.

  • Two companies, Veo and Spin, each have 500 e-scooters in the city with every scooter averaging one ride per day.

Driving the news: As of May 10, an ongoing Fayetteville community survey shows that nearly 60% of respondents are either "happy" or "very happy" with the program.

  • More than 67% would recommend visitors use e-scooters to explore Fayetteville.

Why it matters: Micromobility programs like e-scooters and bike share have the potential to reduce car trips, traffic, parking needs and carbon emissions.

Yes, but: They also put pedestrians, cyclists and users at risk if riders don't act responsibly.

  • The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says there were 18 shared scooter fatalities in the U.S. in 2019.
  • That year, people in the U.S. took 136 million shared micromobility trips on scooters and bikes, up 60% from 2018.
  • A study conducted by Henry Ford Health System shows that nearly 28% of scooter accidents in the U.S. result in head and neck injuries.
Source: Fayetteville e-Scooter Community Feedback Survey. Chart: Axios Visuals

The local angle: Dane Eifling, Fayetteville's mobility coordinator, said there have been no fatalities or severe injury crashes reported through the city's shared bikes or e-scooter programs.

  • But there's no tracking system for minor injuries.

By the numbers: Typical trips on shared scooters and bikes in the U.S. are around 12 minutes and usually range from 1 mile to 1.5 miles.

  • According to Fayetteville's survey, 14% of respondents would've skipped a trip if not for an e-scooter.

Our thought bubble: The majority of folks do what they're supposed to but we see people misbehave on these things all the time. Everyone who uses e-scooters should keep safety top of mind.

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Senators to grill top Pentagon leaders over Biden's Afghanistan exit

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Joints Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley, and the head of U.S. Central Command, Gen. Frank McKenzie, are testifying publicly this week for the first time since the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Why it matters: The Pentagon's top leaders have come under intense scrutiny over the series of disasters that followed the U.S. exit, including the Taliban's seizure of Kabul, the ISIS-K terrorist attack that killed 13 U.S. service members and scores of Afghans in August, and a retaliatory U.S. drone strike that killed 10 civilians.

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Just because we expect inflation to show up, doesn't mean it will. That's the message from an important new paper throwing cold water on a central tenet of monetary economics.

Why it matters: The Fed hikes interest rates when — and only when — it thinks inflation is otherwise going to be too high. That means it needs a formula to determine where it thinks inflation is going to be. But now a senior Fed economist is saying that the key ingredient in that formula "rests on extremely shaky foundations."

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Facebook on Monday said it will invest $50 million over two years in global research and program partners to ensure its metaverse products "are developed responsibly."

Why it matters: "It's almost the opposite of that now long-abandoned slogan of 'move fast and break things,'" Facebook's VP of global affairs Nick Clegg told Axios in an interview at The Atlantic Festival Monday.

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