SFU Research: Bike and scooter-sharing schemes are part of the city’s future
People in the Greater Vancouver area like the idea of Microsystems, such as bike-sharing and electric scooters.
But their actual use is hampered by their cost and convenience, familiarity with transportation equipment, and access to their technology.The maintenance and safety of convoys and the infrastructure of the communities in which they operate also play a dampening role.
Simon Fraser University (Simon Fraser University), health (CHATR) and active transport research laboratory and advocacy organization the HUB of a study by the cooperation of Cycling, Washington, Seattle, Portland and Calgary other north American cities such as case study, the cases of the scale and vancouver, and have experience of micro traffic plan.The researchers also surveyed focus groups, including those who had already used tiny mobile devices such as electric scooters, or had experience riding bicycles and car sharing, taking public transportation, and the general population.
The researchers found that while microtransit systems have flourished elsewhere, acceptance in the greater Vancouver area has been slow.
Meghan Winters, head of the CHATR Laboratory at the SFU School of Health Sciences, said part of the problem could be due to provincial regulations that do not allow devices such as electric scooters to be used on the road, as well as the widespread concerns of potential users about the device having negative experiences elsewhere.
In February, Port Moody refused to take part in a pilot scheme launched this autumn by the provincial department of Transport to put electric scooters in communities across the province.
Meghan Lahti said the devices had caused problems in other cities, with footpaths cluttered and abandoned in waterways.
But in Port Coquitlam, U-bicycle operates a bike-sharing scheme that has been well received, says Melony Burton, the city's infrastructure planning manager.
"The only downside is some stolen and damaged bikes," she added.
Winters says the study confirms the role of tiny mobile devices in transportation, especially when it comes to getting people to and from transit stations.
"To welcome them, we must build dedicated infrastructure and sustainable funding," she added.