From the Vox YouTube website:
Vox teamed up with the University of California to explain one of the hottest trends of 2018: dockless electric scooters. Even in cities with exceptional public transportation coverage, gaps persist. This is a decades old problem, often referred to as ‘the last mile/first mile.’ Cities traditionally address the last mile problem by expanding bus routes. But as cities continue to populate while transportation dept budgets dwindle, the patience of commuters is running dry. So scooters, electric skateboards, and pedal assist bikes have become an increasingly popular option for city residents. These innovations, while quite popular, also draw the ire of the oft-beleaguered sidewalk pedestrian. The past century of development prioritized car transportation, often at the expense of wide sidewalks that were once bustling with life. So the planners of today are taking a page out of history to prepare for a brave new world of alternative transportation.
For those wishing to find out more about the deal with scooters in your city, I recommend following Curbed. You should start with this write-up by Alissa Walker: Don’t ban scooters. Redesign streets.
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