This City Built an Outstanding Bike Network. Will E-Scooters Ruin It?
I had intended to make a video about how Valencia, Spain became a world bike capital, but then I got here and it seemed as if half the vehicles taking up space in the vast network of protected bike lanes were not bikes, but e-scooters!
So this became a video about how a city can have the right conditions (weather, flatness) and make the right moves (tons of investment in protected facilities), but they can’t necessarily control how people use the infrastructure.
This video is broadly about the importance of advancing micromobility of ANY kind, but dives into important distinctions between bikes and e-scooters, and aims to help you think about…how to think about new micromobility, if that makes sense. Safety characteristics, interactions with other public space users, personally owned vs. app-enabled dockless rentals, etc.
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Previous CityNerd Videos Referenced:
– None! But go watch them anyway
– E-Scooter Safety: Issues and Solutions (from the National Academies) https://nap.nationalacademies.org/download/26756
– Portland 2009 Climate Action Plan https://www.portland.gov/bps/climate-action/documents/2009-climate-action-plan/download
– Valencia Municipal Bicycle Agency https://www.valencia.es/agenciabici/es/presentacion
– Stockholm Escooters (thumbnail) By Rlbberlin – Own work, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=81434886
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