On The Move – 21.6.21
Issue 13: on the fare-free bike-sharing scheme, geofencing practise, safety reports, possibilities of EVs batteries recycling or global shortages of goods
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Fare-free bike sharing! This is the new initiative in Ravenna, 🇮🇹 Italy.
When it comes to shared micro-mobility, the problem is, that not everyone has equal access to use them. Besides the technological barriers like the needed smartphone with an internet connection and bank account, the pay-as-you-go or subscriptions schemes might be perceived as too high and unsustainable to pay for in the long-term horizon. The public authorities in the Italian municipality Ravenna have decided to mix things up a bit and all residents of the town could apply for a free annual subscription to the local bike-sharing service. The aim is simple: encourage people to change their daily habits in favour of more sustainable modes for both regular and recreational activities.
Besides promoting sustainable and active mode of travel, the public authorities also hopes it will help with reducing the car traffic 🚙 during the summer season, when the town is favourite destionations because of its beaches 🏝.
Geofencing with caution!
To improve route safety and reliability of the shared e-scooters 🛴, operators in cooperation with the public authorities define special zones to prohibit parking, limit the maximum speed limits or define areas where it is impossible to drive through. The technique used for this is called geofencing involves drawing zones where specifics rules are applied. As the micro-mobility magazine ZAG has noticed, in some cases when defining the zones reluctantly, it could make the service not only less attractive, but also dangerous.
The most common restriction is in parks. This is reasonable – e-scooters should not be zipping through many of our crowded parks. But the boundaries tend to be beside roads. In testing, passing on a road beside the park almost always caused the scooter to slow right down, either due to an inaccurate drawing or GPS errors.
Shell ⛽️ has entered the micro-mobility sector. Under the partnership with Swiftmile, Shell will install Recharge micro-mobility hubs at retail stations and garages throughout Berlin this summer.
This expansion will start in summer 2021 and bring 25 new Hubs to Berlin by fall 2021, growing Swiftmile’s citywide network to more than 30 stations with a charging capacity to support 200+ vehicles simultaneously.
Research & Policy
Do you sometimes complain about the traffic situation in the town you live in? Take a look at Melinda City Finder, an application that will tell you based on your travel preferences the city 🏙 which would suit you the best! Mine is Göteborg 🇸🇪
Shared e-scooter operator Voi has published its first annual Safety Report as part of its commitment to Vision Zero which covers operator’s actions to improve road safety, insights on safety risks and opportunities for shared micro-mobility across Europe.
Below are the seven factors that substantially impact the risk for incidents that might cause fatalities or injuries: 👇
1. Heavy, fast-moving vehicles present the greatest road safety risks.
2. Lack of safe road infrastructure is a significant risk for lightweight travellers.
3. The first rides with e-scooters have an increased crash-risk.
4. Inadequate knowledge of traffic rules increases risky riding behaviour.
5. Riding under the influence of alcohol and drugs is a critical risk factor.
6. Lack of helmet usage increases the head injury risk.
7. Wrongly parked scooters and pavement riding increases the risk for other road users.
And another one about safety, but this from the European Transport Safety Council (ETSC).
According to the new report, there were around 3900 fewer road deaths 📉 in the European Union in 2020 compared to the previous year. Its share on it has the Covid-19 pandemic travel decrease, which is responsible for a 17% drop in road deaths last year in the EU 🇪🇺.
The report also provides some long-term comparison
18,844 people lost their lives in road traffic in the EU in 2020. That is 10,847 fewer than in 2010, representing a 37% decrease.
56,305 lives were saved on EU roads compared to the number who would have been killed if deaths had stayed at the same level as in 2010.
The figure below shows the relative change in road deaths between 2010 and 2020
Electromobility & AVs
It is not a secret that the EV batteries life span is short. This is a threat for further development as it is (together with growing EVs sales) increasing the demand for metals like lithium, cobalt, nickel and manganese. These are essential for making EV batteries and unfortunately, there are only limited resources.
Besides that, the mining itself is also not really in perfect match with the sustainability agenda as it threatens local ecosystems. Read this article about how bacterias 🦠 might help with the electric batteries recycling 🔋 processes.
Daniel’s Pick ☕️
What happens when things are actually not on the move? Check out NY Times investigation of a recent global supply chains disruption 🌎
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