A lengthy piece with the obvious blindspot: No mention of all the cars parked taking up space. Because, you know, that’s just like the Cosmic Microwave Background now. Unnoticed, except by people who look.
And there is this teeth-grating bit:
Recent research showed that biking is the healthiest form of non-motorized personal transportation, stating that “cycling is the mode of transport associated with the greatest health benefits: better self-perceived general health, better mental health and fewer feelings of loneliness.”
Riding an e-scooter is not nearly as vigorous as walking or riding a bike, but physical exercise is associated both with better health and economic outcomes. Various research studies have documented the economic benefits of bike lanes in roads and bikeable trails. For example, a study backed by the Southern California Association of Governments generated some telling insights, “When normalized by ATRTP spending, every $1 spent in support of more walkable and bikeable communities is expected to increase sales output by $8.41.”
Yeah? So why don’t we see anti-car/pro-bike ads like we see anti-smoking ads? GMAFB!
The rationale for having electric scooters cropping up in public spaces is helping people get to where they need to go more efficiently, but this notion might be faulty. Firstly, demand from the public for them doesn’t appear to have been documented carefully or proven.
I’d say their need and popularity has been proven now.
And here’s someone far smarter than the article writer:
A lot of times, people don’t know what they want until you show it to them. — Steve Jobs