Ridesharing has recently arrived in Vancouver and automation is sweeping across mobility at large. Shared electric scooters and bikes line the streets of many major international cities, at face value indicating movement towards a cleaner mobility future. As ease of access increases rapidly, we consider the marked obstacles in this space:
- Will an increase in convenient and accessible shared mobility (electric scooters, for example) really lead us to a lower-emissions future?
- How do we build and refit infrastructure in cities appropriate for these means of transportation?
- How can we transition our cities to accommodate the new mobility realities with equity and inclusion in mind?
- What are the avenues to overcome barriers standing in the way of scale-up?