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Improvements are coming as micromobility vehicles continue to grow in popularity

By November 3, 2021 No Comments

3 ideas that can help improve micromobility transportation

Does your city need a micromobility lane (or two)? The overwhelming majority of roads in the United States are set up for cars only. While some have bike routes and even more with sidewalks, it’s still a limited playing field for an e-scooter or an e-bike.

E-scooters and e-bikes need to be used in environments that give people the confidence that they’ll safely get to their destination. Will it help riders to create micromobility-only paths or even roads?

Here are three ideas that support special lanes for micromobility vehicles and bicycles.

1 – New mobility lanes

A recent op-ed in The Gothamist by Rohit T. Aggarwala suggests cities think about “new mobility lanes.” Under Aggarwala’s proposal, cities would use existing bike lanes, make them between 10-11 feet wide and set them up so micromobility vehicles and bikes could use them by traveling at about 10-15 mph. The new mobility lanes would have protection from other vehicles and allow people to pass.

2 – Micromobility elevated freeways

Have you ever thought it would be cool to ride your e-bike in the clouds? The idea of creating micromobility elevated freeways interested a few people in the industry. Under this scenario, freeways could be built for micromobility vehicles. With the addition of e-scooters and e-bikes, it’s easier for people to get to their destinations quicker.

3 – Priority streets for micromobility

Whether it’s using micromobility vehicles or bicycles to get to work, another idea is to have streets that will only allow them during commutes or rush hours. Rather than building new infrastructure, this idea from Terenig Topjian could repurpose streets we already have in our cities.

Micromobility in your workplace

Help your team get to work safely by allowing them to use micromobility vehicles. Companies can purchase prepaid cards for commuters that use e-bikes or e-scooters rentals. While micromobility is not an option for commuter benefits yet, it is still a great way to build engagement with your staff as it helps them relieve the financial burden of commuting to work.

If you think offering micromobility to your employees is a good option for you and your employees, let’s chat. Schedule a meeting today and we’ll be happy to review all your options with you.