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Scooters are on the Rise, How Can Cities Design?

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With two-wheeled transportation taking over, cities will start to redesign their spaces to make room for this increasingly popular mode of movement. Rentable electric scooter companies like Bird and Lime have already made their way into many urban cities, but the streets aren’t fully ready for them.

How can urban planners increase safety and decrease congestion, while making way for these modes?

Here are five considerations:

  1. Roundabouts: With a gentle flow of traffic, roundabouts are a good solution because they ensure that no one is moving too quickly to change direction at the last minute, and they eliminate blind spots.
  2. Overnight Deliveries: Cities can come up with tax breaks and incentives for businesses to make their deliveries overnight, so that trucks don’t crowd the bike/scooter lane during peak hours.
  3. Two-Wheeled Parking: Some fear that scooters and bikes will become like strollers at a theme park and crowd the public space. But, what if one car parking spot gave the space for 10 scooters and these apps could provide incentives to the riders who park in the right spot by offering a free ride?
  4. More Bike Lanes: With the future of transportation relying less on cars, it’s important to create safe spaces like bike lanes for commuters on two wheels. Like highways where cars drive at different speeds, bike lanes can have a fast and slow moving lane option.
  5. Urban Design: Back in the day (and much of what is  seen in Europe), roadways were built extremely narrow, making it hard for automobiles, but easy for pedestrians and bikes. Perhaps a return to urban design, where cars can still park outside of city centers but the congested areas are built around people, will make for a safer and more efficient transportation hub.


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