Shared micromobility, which includes e-scooters, bicycles, e-bikes, and a range of other small electric vehicles, provides many benefits to both individuals and the larger community. It offers a fun, environmentally friendly solution to the first/last mile problem for public transportation, creating better connectivity, increasing convenience, and can ultimately reduce congestion and GHG emissions associated with transportation. However, the switch may not always be easy.
In the early days of scooter sharing in North America, the excitement around the new mode of transport was tempered with concerns regarding several challenges, ranging from irresponsible parking that cluttered sidewalks, unreliable and unsafe scooters, and ambiguous regulations on where and how one can ride a scooter. However, scooter sharing has come a long way since. Operators have pivoted from the earlier ‘wild west’ attitude and are now taking a more collaborative approach, working with communities and addressing operational challenges through new technologies, especially around scooter safety. New hardware and software features are being developed and introduced, such as geofencing, more durable scooters with a more comfortable design, and innovative hardware add-ons to improve rider safety and accessibility.
In this whitepaper, movmi provides a brief evaluation of the technological capabilities of the scooters offered to the public by leading scooter-sharing companies. Four shared micromobility operators participated in demo day trials that were conducted by movmi: these were Bird Canada, Link, Neuron and Roll.