The mobility revolution is in full speed, and everyone is working on finding ways to prepare, mitigate, and respond. The way we travel will change dramatically over the next few years. Click the links below to read top news articles and stay informed on the topic!
From policy guides to national alliances and new leadership, cities are stepping up to coordinate responses to new mobility developments. Transportation for America released a policy guide for micro-mobility and the City of Seattle has appointed a “Mobility Czar” to ensure timely and coordinated responses across municipality departments.
Although e-scooters are expanding opportunities for local commute and travel, the new technology may be causing more harm than expected. Disability rights activists are suing scooter companies for violating ADA regulations and cluttering sidewalks and ramps with scooters; and U.S. hospitals have treated more than 1,500 patients for scooter-related injuries in the past year. Find out how the City of Austin is staying ahead of these potential dangers with the installation of specialized parking spots for dockless vehicles.
Despite the growth in alternative modes of transportation, our cities still struggle with unequal representation in the field of transportation itself and are therefore creating transit systems that fail to serve all riders. A new study reveals that women only represent 15% of the transportation workforce. It also found that “women are roughly half as likely as men to take advantage of new transit lines, in large part because of a concern for personal safety”. A similar occurrence can be seen with the unequal representation of ethnic minority groups in the transportation industry. Despite the fast growth in cycling among Hispanic, African-American and Asian-American riders, minority neighborhoods have seen fewer investments in bike facilities and continue to face higher risk of accidents and crashes.
As our cities continue to balance the design of streets for diverse users (e-scooters, bikes, autonomous vehicles, buses, etc.), let’s remember to inform ourselves with data and measure the effectiveness of our decisions. StreetLight Data Inc., debuted a new tool that will measure vehicle, bike, and pedestrian traffic without the use of physical sensors. StreetLight Data collects location data from more than 70 million devices in the U.S. and Canada and is able to ascertain the real-time location and movement of approximately 20% of an area’s traffic, and project congestion, directional flows, and origin/destination information.
And finally, the most recent of all micro-mobility developments! The sit-down electric scooter. A new company, OjO launched the scooter share in Austin and hopes to expand to other cities in the U.S. We’re keeping our eyes peeled to see how this will change mobility for groups with disabilities and Baby Boomers.