On The Move – 18.6.21

Issue 12: How is it with the advantages of shared e-scooters? What are the classical cycling myths? Does the size matter when it comes to the success of bike-sharing systems? Access and urban sprawl?

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  • An interesting article was published at IntelligentTransport. There, the UK Country Manager of Spin, Steve Pyer, presents the possibilities of how shared e-scooters are going to help society with post-pandemic economic recovery. What caught my attention, is the shift in the discourse, which now frames the shared e-scooters 🛴. Environmental issues do not play the main role, but safety issues and economic recovery do.

  • Head out to my blog 🧑‍💻 to read my reaction to the proposed assets of the shared micro-mobility. New employment opportunities, spending in local businesses and supporting tourism do make good headlines as the advantages of shared e-scooters. The question is, whether the current development actually supports it

  • Various cities across the world 🌎 have witnessed the support of cycling infrastructure during the last two years. Still, the debate over the way how to use the public space in urban areas and support active mode of travel is full of myths. “We are not in the Netherlands” is definitely one of them. I guess you won’t be surprised if I tell you, that even Netherlands 🇳🇱 or Denmark 🇩🇰 used to have problems with car-oriented development.

  • You might now wonder, what is the point here? Well, the point is that once people live in a place design for cycling 🚴, they will do so (and vice-versa). “We are not in the Netherlands nor Denmark” is yet another false myth. Check out this site and explore other myths related to the development of bicycle infrastructure!

  • The new study of VanMoof which took a place in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris finds that the main reason people don’t cycle is the perceived lack of safety.

    43% of all people living in the five cities sampled said that feeling safer would encourage them to cycle more. This makes safety the strongest factor across all age groups for both men and women. More cycle lanes (34%) and less chance of bike theft (33%) were the next most important factors to encourage more cycling in each city.

  • And yet it is hard to believe that for some people there is still not enough of evidence…

Research & Policy

  • What does the scale mean frot the success of bike-sharing systems? This question answers a study that focuses on bike-sharing systems in 🇪🇸Spain. The researchers uncover, that in the examined period 2003-2018 around 60% of all bike-sharing schemes in Spain had closed by 2018. However, those docked systems with more than 30 stations show a 100% survival rate. The researchers have also noticed that most of the closed system were operating in small towns or poor regions. Is the dockless scheme solution to that?

  • Another big question about shared e-scooters and sustainability is the life span of the vehicle. Researchers from the University of Warwick aiming to extend the lifespan of shared e-scooters from 2-5 months up to 3 years through a new project.

    The researchers will take a deployment view of shared e-scooters, which will involve the consideration of every aspect of the service design. This process will include analysis of the environment e-scooters operate in and how riders and non-riders engage with the service.

  • If we want to have sustainable transport, we have to avoid urban sprawl. This is one of the take-away messages from a study where the international teams of researchers examine urban access across the globe considering various transport modes. People who rely on public transport in the USA have fewer options how to access various destinations in urban areas compared to people in Europe or China 👇.

    Sprawling development with the intensive road network in American cities produces modest automobile access relative to their sizes, but American cities lag behind globally in transit and walking access; Australian and Canadian cities have lower automobile access, but better transit access than American cities; combining compact development with an intensive network produces the highest access in Chinese and European cities for their sizes. Hence density and mobility co-produce better access.

Electromobility & AVs

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