Don't blame scooters. Blame the streets.

  • Published on:  9/18/2018
  • The sidewalks were never meant for this.Subscribe to our channel! teamed up with the University of California to explain one of the hottest trends of 2018: dockless electric scooters. You can see more from University of California in our YouTube series Climate Lab: can also read University of California's write-up on the video above here: https://www.universityofcalifornia.ed...They’re one of many ‘micro-mobility’ innovations rocketing through the transportation sector. Even in cities with exceptional public transportation coverage, gaps persist. This is a decades old problem, often referred to as ‘the last mile/first mile.’ Cities traditionally address the last mile problem by expanding bus routes. But as cities continue to populate while transportation dept budgets dwindle, the patience of commuters is running dry. So scooters, electric skateboards, and pedal assist bikes have become an increasingly popular option for city residents.These innovations, while quite popular, also draw the ire of the oft-beleaguered sidewalk pedestrian. The past century of development prioritized car transportation, often at the expense of wide sidewalks that were once bustling with life. So the planners of today are taking a page out of history to prepare for a brave new world of alternative transportation.If you’d like to learn more about the deal with scooters in your city, I recommend following Curbed. You should start with this write-up by Alissa Walker: Here’s a closer look at the survey data on the popularity of scooters:’s Sarah Kaufman on the push to regulate scooters in cities: Here’s a NACTO write-up on what future complete streets could look like. And, just for fun, here’s that Library of Congress footage of San Francisco’s Market Street: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:


  • Vox 9 months ago

    If you’d like to learn more about the deal with scooters in your city, I recommend following Curbed. This piece by Alissa Walker inspired this video:

  • D V 1 months ago

    Then you turn around and make bike only lanes, and now the businesses suffer. Delivery trucks cant stop out front, nor can customers doing drop offs and pick ups. 3 lane roads went to two, and the ones downtown where the buses stop are now 1 lane and traffic has built up big time.

  • Buddy Clem 3 months ago

    First of all, what is a dockless scooter?

  • Ken Bob 7 months ago

    My favorite parts of a city are those that have tree-lined streets with at most two narrow lanes for vehicles, protected bike lanes and wide sidewalks encouraging foot traffic. These areas are catalysts for small shops and restaurants and generate a nice vibe.

  • Jeff Morse an hour ago

    @D V people in cars don't shop. It is much less convenient. They go point A to point B. The traffic is bad because the city didn't incorporate enough public transit alternatives

  • jefflewis4 6 days ago

    @D V Yes, people need to understand commerce is movement. Restricting faster and larger vehicles has an impact on commerce. There has to be a reasonable balance.

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  • Fireball_40 etarip 3 days ago


  • SuperTobyproductions 9 months ago

    Laughs in Dutch, where we not just need to cycle the last mile but just can go all over town

  • Emu Riddle 10 days ago

    You have my respect, friend

  • OriginalGrasshopper 2 months ago

    Same here in Sweden. Bikes for the win!

  • Qslick B 9 months ago

    That baby being carried across the street would be 112 years old if still alive today!!

  • JesseNGX 29 days ago


  • Luther Agda 2 months ago

    I wonder whats his/her name tho... LOL

  • Gombos Andrei 23 days ago

    Anyone from Europe who thinks that walking 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) is not that much?

  • Joe Ashbee 5 days ago

    Last mile is a saying. It could be 1 to 3 miles. It’s more about time than anything. Walking two miles to a train or bus can take 30 min. A scooter ride takes 8 min. It’s not about being lazy.

  • Emardis 22 days ago

    Yes! I was thinking just the same thing.

  • Roboko 9 months ago

    The 'last mile' issue of the US is a fault of the urban planning in itself. Much of US suburbs are huge sprawls. People live spaced out too far apart for transport connections to be economic. Scooters in the last mile is treating the symptom not the cause.

  • Bocbo 2 months ago

    Most of us don't want to live near most of us. Planning reflected desire.

  • TbN Nemeziz 2 months ago

    They can just walk a mile it’s not that far

  • cicci0salsicci0 9 months ago

    Wrong title: It should have been "Don't blame scooters. Blame people"

  • Isaac Kangas 6 months ago

    "Don't blame scooters: Blame cars"

  • Rigging Doctor 5 months ago

    Each person on a scooter represents a person sitting in a car in traffic. Scooters take less space and alleviate traffic congestion. They also require much less energy to transport people. Changes should be made to make it better for scooter people.

  • dandanthetaximan 2 months ago

    Rigging Doctor agreed. People complain about where scooters get parked, but unlike the vast amount of spaces made to park only one car, I rarely see any designated spaces for parking scooters, even though you can park 30 scooters in the space it takes to park one car.

  • AlissonSv2 4 months ago

    Scooter are a kind of cycle vehicle - so we should make it better for them but just for the whole category with Cycleways(that americans like to call bikelanes).While that doesn't happen they should stay in low speed whenever they use the sidewalk.

  • Stefan Braem 9 months ago

    “Complete streets is a new term” 😅No, America is simply the last continent to start using it 🙂

  • San Diago 9 days ago

    If only it were that simple. You have to realize the youth of the United States and large area. Infrastructure goes beyond roads. San Francisco was largely built around the age of cars, not like a city that may have hundreds of years of life and infrastructure that was built around foot traffic.

  • Manuel Cunha Rocha 3 months ago

    @Matheus Santos I'm responding now because a person just responded to me, so I read all the comments, and you're right. I also talk about North, South and Central America... it must have slipped my mind.