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Labor and permits: Scooter provider Spin signs “labor peace” statement signaling an openness for employee unionization in a bid for a San Francisco permit and Lime switches from freelancers to 3rd party companies in Paris “to improve its processes to get a license.”
Seattle spinning on all twos: Seattle developing an on-street micromobility parking plan to help with scooter clutter, enforce car parking, and improving intersection line of sight. Seattle City Council approves new ordinance requiring Seattle DOT to install a bike lane on any street that sees major road work. And Seattle council member proposes a mostly car-free Barcelona-style Superblock experiment.
Mixed messages: As scooters move past the novelty phase, continue expanding, and show staying power, cities lag far behind in creating the necessary infrastructure for safety and ongoing adoption, while many cities begin requiring micromobility providers to disclose riding data to help with such things as potential infrastructure development and equitable micromobility distribution.
The rare silver bullet? As cycling riding increases in London thanks to infrastructure and bike sharing, bikes have the potential to become a “silver bullet for environmental and public health” thanks to increased users’ physical activity and driving reduction.
“The electronic grin”: Baby boomers prove a strong customer segment benefiting from the fun, independence, health benefits, and ease of electric bicycle as sales of e-bikes see dramatic 73% growth.
MORE MICROMOBILITY NEWS
Portland Bureau of Transportation 2018 E-Scooter Findings Report
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