Micro-Mobility Destined to Replace Almost Half of All Vehicular Travel in Select Cities
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nashville is one of ten cities in the U.S. SmartCitiesDive.com which micro-mobility solutions could benefit the most. According to the report, micro-mobility solutions, such as e-bikes and e-scooters, could replace 48% of all car trips in the area. Nashville joins Honolulu, Chicago, New Orleans, and Charlotte, North Carolina in the top five of the cities that would benefit significantly from micro-mobility services. Commuters are not ready to give up their cars just yet. Proponents of micro-mobility solutions know that there is a long way to go before people give up the comfort of their cars for the sleek, new age method of traveling to and from localities in the area. *
Simply put, the nation’s roads are too dangerous to abandon cars. The proponents of micro-mobility rides understand that fact. They believe safety is the largest impediment to replacing vehicular traffic congestion with e-scooters and e-bikes buzzing around the streets. To illustrate the point, New York City has seen pedestrian deaths reach 30-year highs. Additionally, the 17 bicycle deaths that have happened to this point in 2019 across New York City underscore the need for increased protection from motor vehicles.
Convenience is the second-largest impediment to everyday people adopting an alternative method of transportation. Low operating costs and the ability to get to places quickly and efficiently can lure people away from their cars. Scooters can go places that motor vehicles cannot. Furthermore, the need for parking spaces is reduced greatly when commuters use micro-mobility devices.
There is a catch. E-scooter and e-bike programs have shown they can be hard to manage. These devices also crowd sidewalks, intersections, and flood streets, thereby making the transition to alternative transportation difficult. The local governments have not had enough time to plan for all of the contingencies that micro-mobility devices pose. Greater regulation is required, and so is the cooperation of the people who choose to use micro-mobility devices if large metropolitan areas are to transition out of their cars.
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