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Preparing For A World Post Covid-19 with Gabriel Scheer & Marla Westervelt

May 15, 2020

This week’s Covid-19 Taskforce micro webinar is hosted by Gabriel Scheer, who formerly and, most recently, was the Senior Director of Security Partnerships and Data Policy at Lime. Previous to that he was the first government relations hire at Lime and and was responsible for opening markets all across the U.S and Canada. He chats with Marla Westervelt, a transportation planner and researcher. Most recently she worked at Bird were she was leading global data sharing policy and business development. Prior to that, she was in public transit at LA metro and has spent her whole career thinking about transportation and how to improve it.

They discuss how we, as shared mobility operators, can and should be preparing for a world post Covid-19. We will release weekly micro webinars like this one, that will help you, as shared mobility operators, navigate through this time of crisis and beyond.

You can directly ask the taskforce anything related to Covid-19 and seek advice on managing your own operation by sending an email to taskforce@movmi.net

Preparing For A World Post Covid-19 with Gabriel Scheer & Marla Westervelt

In this MICRO WEBINAR, They discuss:

  • New technology. Can it help us through this pandemic or do we need to change things at a fundamental level? 
  • Plans that cities have implemented to help with transportation needs, such as Seattle’s Safe Streets initiative and the 400 miles of new bicycle infrastructure in Paris.
  • How we can bring back small neighbourhood business districts to create robust and healthy local communities once this pandemic ends?
  • Taking existing infrastructure and the way we pay for that infrastructure or the way that we charge fees against and how to reallocate that to where it is needed. Can we change the infrastructure question relative to the fee subsidization question and relative to Mobility?
  • Congestion pricing and whether or not it impacts people equally, particularly in a post-pandemic world. Has there been enough collaboration between cities and private mobility companies?
  • How can we use data to ensure that mobility in different parts of the city is equitable? Can we work together with transit companies to ensure that everybody has access to services and fair pricing? Is there a way that private mobility companies and cities can collaborate effectively together to do a better job of assessing the data to prepare for the future?
  • At a time when margins are potentially at their lowest for private operators and the existential risks are higher, how can we encourage them to bring their data to the table to collaborate in a meaningful way? Can we use the current crisis to band together with public transit providers so that everyone can survive and thrive?
  • There is a lot of data you can share without exposing company secrets or putting your company at risk. Gabriel and Marla explore potential ways that we can be more transparent in discussions with each other moving forward.
  • How can we repurpose the massive shared mobility fleets that Lime, Bird and others have built for example, the delivery of goods? And for that matter repurpose all transit? How can we use buses, trains, mopeds etc. for things we need right now and can we keep this going in a post Covid-19 world? Can they create a revenue stream this way and solve the problems we are facing as a generation? Is there a way to encourage companies and governments to dig into this new way of thinking? Now is the time to rebuild our infrastructure, not in the way things were before, but in a way that creates a more sustainable infrastructure for the future. 

If you have a direct question for the taskforce related to Covid-19 or wish to seek advice on managing your own operation, send an email with your question to taskforce@movmi.net

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