Reynolds’ assessment looks at the urban and environmental benefits which could accompany these modes, but also how their use is taking off much faster than many people predicted. He ends his piece with recommendations for policymakers, with particular emphasis on the need for bike lanes, for a focus on connecting transit stations and schools, and that if there are to be subsidies, they should be for e-bikes.
Further, there have been a number of articles calling out potential safety risks
that could accompany the use of e-scooters, but the ITDP
argues that the real safety risk is and remains cars
. How many of these injuries are a function of people riding scooters on roads meant for cars, instead of on paths and in lanes designed specifically for micromobility? Following from Reynolds, the best things we can do to make micromobility safe
and attractive to riders is to install more protected bike lanes and lower vehicle speed limits.
A couple weeks ago, I detailed how NYC
may soon legalize e-scooters
and loosen regulations on e-bikes. With the looming 15-month L train
shutdown to start in April 2019, Bird
is trying to position scooters as an alternative for some riders
— but given Mayor Bill de Blasio
’s previous comments on scooters, it remains to see whether he’ll be open to the idea. Aaron Gordon
, writing for CityLab, argues there’s a general lack of coordination in NYC
, and it’s going to cause problems during the shutdown.