On The Move – 28.7.21

Issue 15: on e-scooter & safety, gender-equal mobility, walkable streets, green transition and EVs charging infrastructure in EU;

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  • Designing new bike lines is not enough to promote cycling and make it a mainstream mode for commuting. Policy planners, engineers and designers have to first understand the broader picture of how given urban 🏙 environments work and use complementary instruments and actions of which infrastructure is only one part. This 👉 essay might show you way how to think about cycling and mobility as a whole.

  • Drunk driving 🍻 is an issue common among e-scooter drivers. Tier for example has an “anti-drink-riding” in-app notification which is active between 9 pm and 4 am on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and reminds you ‼️ drunk driving is illegal and might cause you harm.

  • The shared e-scooter operator Bird has just launched a new feature to prevent drunk driving called a Safe Start (now being tested in the USA).

    Every user between 10 pm and 4 am attempting to hire an e-scooter will be asked to correctly enter a keyword into the app to verify that they are able to handle the vehicle. Others have to walk.

  • And in Newcastle, the city has defined locations where between 11 pm and 5 am is no longer possible to start or finish a rental.

  • Last one on safety & e-scooters. Voi 🇸🇪 is launching a large scale pilot incorporating AI technology into its e-scooters that can detect when they ride on pavement or are parked incorrectly.

Research & Policy

  • The undergoing transition towards green 🌳 mobility across our urbanities uncovered how mobility is gender unequal. Various cities in Europe are now addressing this issue to make the green shift and further mobility environment 👥 gender-neutral.

    “In auto-intensive Germany, men travel roughly double the distance by car compared with women, who are more likely to walk and take public transport. Urban planning, which has traditionally been dominated by male decision makers, is now under pressure to make networks less-focused around men commuting to work.

  • Anyway, it does not mean that in a fear of new planning we should not be supporting the transition towards clean and active mobility.

  • Especially the active mobility plays i key role in it, as concludes the new research from Oxford.

    “If all new cars sold were electric, it would still take 15-20 years to replace the world’s fossil fuel car fleet.”

Electromobility & AVs

  • Yes, it is official. The EU proposed an effective ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, aiming to speed up the switch to zero-emission electric vehicles (EVs). The reasons are well known – protect our planet

    Plan is to:

    • 55% cut in CO2 emissions from cars by 2030

    • 100% cut in CO2 emissions from cars by 2035

    • 16.3 million charging stations by 2050

    • Plug-in hybrids will count as low-emission vehicles until 2030

  • And building the whole infrastructure and network of charging 🔋 stations is especially crucial 👇

  • New data analysis by the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) uncovered huge gaps when it comes to the spread of charging points for electric cars across the European Union.

    70% of all EU charging stations are concentrated in just three countries: the Netherlands (66,665), France (45,751) and Germany (44,538). Together, these countries make up just 23% of the EU’s total surface area.

Daniel’s Pick ☕️

  • Check out the story of Lachlan Morton, who rode solo 🚴 the whole route of the Tour de France and finished 🏁 five days ahead.

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