Three cities have turned electric scooter data into infrastructure improvements
The data on electric scooters gives a macro view of human-sized mobility.Here, Bird group product manager Ben Handzo provides details on the three cities and takes action.
As a founding member of the Open Mobility Foundation, Bird is proud of his commitment to responsible data-sharing principles since he pioneered the Shared electric scooter in 2017.For us, the data we learn from it is as important as the vehicles we build, because it enables cities to make important infrastructure and traffic improvements for the benefit of all road users.
When Bird first arrived in Atlanta, the city had only four miles of protected bike lanes.Proving that this was not enough to safely accommodate the growing number of micro-cyclists, the government of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms took action.
Not only has Mayor Bottoms announced a $5 million action plan to add 12 miles of protected light personal transit lanes by 2021, but he has already implemented and tested temporary protected infrastructure along the city's busy 10th Street corridor.The results data Shared earlier this year demonstrated two crucial points of correlation:
Eighty-seven percent of cyclists and 83 percent of scooter riders say they feel safer when a pop-up window pops up.
In the pop-up window, the number of cyclists and scooters increased by 58%.
Tel Aviv was the fifth most congested city in the world in 2019.This year, the city reversed the trend by launching an ambitious initiative that will add 160 kilometers of new micro-transportation infrastructure by 2025.
Israel's coastal cities have become global leaders in the adoption of electric scooters.Earlier this year, we announced that Tel Aviv drivers had made more than 5 million trips to the Bird alone.Data collected from these rides can help city officials plan for infrastructure improvements:
"Thanks to the support and data sharing of micro-mobile operators like Bird, we have been able to identify areas where new infrastructure is most needed to encourage paradigm shifts and reduce our reliance on private cars," said Deputy mayor Meital Lehavi.
The city plans to use its new infrastructure to get drivers out of their cars and increase the proportion of micro-commuters from 11% to 25% over the next five years.
Santa Monica, a seaside city in Los Angeles County, passed the Bicycle Action Plan in 2011, one of the first of its kind in the country.It has created hundreds of miles of bike lanes and friendly bike lanes, reinforcing the city's promise of safer streets and cleaner air.
In 2020, city officials decided to revise the plan to once again take a national leadership role in microtransportation infrastructure -- this time focusing on protected bike lanes and scooter lanes.By analyzing scooter data from millions of trips and information about car congestion and accidents, the authors of the amendment were able to lay out an additional 19 miles of separate micro-mobility infrastructure and amenities that would increase the use of bicycles and electric scooters and reduce reliance on private cars and motorcycles.
The amendment reflects Santa Monica's ambitious goal of reducing carbon emissions to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2030.A survey carried out last year showed that nearly 50 percent of micro-travellers had used a shared bike or scooter in place of a car on a recent trip.Either way, it's an impressive achievement.