Uber, one of the granddaddies of transportation network companies, this week added its voice to those asking the U.S. Congress to prioritize the safety of bike and scooter users through a number of incentives:
- New mobility infrastructure legislation that would require bike lanes be included on newly repaved roads according to a formula developed by the National Association of City Transportation Officials.
- Congestion pricing to help fund mobility infrastructure while decreasing traffic from single-occupant vehicles.
Uber’s City Mobility Campaign will support legislation that improves bike, scooter, and micro-mobility infrastructure. It issued a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure this week and plans to release a free data tool that will let cities and individuals understand and advocate for mobility improvements in their own areas using JUMP bike volume and city views. Read more here.
To promote alternative transportation on football game days, the University of Arkansas offers free bike valet parking at its stadium. And to ensure bikers get home safely after night games, it will give them bike lights, too. Biking fans also get free snacks and drinks–making this all quite a package for those who choose not to drive to games.
Bikers can check in their bikes with valets 90 minutes before kickoff. They’re given tickets that match tickets attached to their bikes, just like a coat check. When the game is over, they have an hour to present their tickets at the check area to retrieve their two-wheelers.
The program is offered by the university office of sustainability and VeoRide bike-sharing. Read the whole story here. Does your university offer a similar program? We’d love to hear about it–email firstname.lastname@example.org.
By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP
The Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has established a mobility-as-a-service (MaaS) initiative to raise awareness of new and emerging issues/technologies.
“The proliferation of ride-hailing, bike-sharing, and most recently electric scooters has expanded the availability of transportation choices and is addressing some of the first- and last-mile issues that exist with traditional transit. They have the potential to affect housing and car-ownership decisions and can provide new travel options for the young, the old, and the disabled,” says an article about the initiative. It goes on to elaborate about challenges, such as curb-space demand, safety concerns, congestion, and accessibility concerns, that come with increased shared-mobility options, right alongside the pluses.
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L. Dennis Burns, CAPP, is regional vice president with Kimley-Horn.