2-pager: Emerging Devices in New Mobility
The rapid roll-out of dockless electric scooter (e-scooter) sharing systems in the past couple of years has marked a major disruption in urban mobility. As of spring 2019, about 10 scooter companies were operating in approximately 70 U.S. cities. E-scooters, electric bicycles (e-bikes) and other new devices offer new mobility options, but they have also raised concerns and issues about how they are being deployed and used in relation to bike share systems, especially related to low-income communities. Over the next few years, as cities and operators determine how these new devices fit into the overall mobility landscape – it is critical that they are intentional in maximizing the benefits of these services for residents with the greatest need and the most barriers.