Don't blame scooters. Blame the streets.
- Published on: 9/18/2018
- The sidewalks were never meant for this.
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We 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: https://www.201tube.com/video/5HOijUtExiM/video.html
You can also read University of California's write-up on the video above here: https://www.universityofcalifornia.edu/news/the-battle-over-scooters
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: https://www.curbed.com/word-on-the-street/2018/7/13/17246060/scooters-uber-lyft-bird-lime-streets
Here’s a closer look at the survey data on the popularity of scooters: https://www.populus.ai/micro-mobility-2018-july
Here’s Sarah Kaufman on the push to regulate scooters in cities: https://wagner.nyu.edu/rudincenter/2018/06/racing-regulate-scooters-us-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: https://www.loc.gov/item/00694408/
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