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San Diego State University Bans Micromobility Devices

Electric scooters, powered skateboards, roller skates, and e-bikes are among the micromobility vehicles banned on the San Diego State University campus starting this fall. Citing safety, the university announced that the vehicles may be parked in eight designated parking areas, but won’t be allowed for use on the main campus anymore.

A recent study showed a 22 percent increase in safety incidents involving bicycles, scooters, and skateboards. Micromobility companies have set up a geofence around the campus that will first warn riders they’re entering a prohibited zone, and then slow their rides. Riders will be unable to use apps to end their journeys unless they’re in one of the designated parking areas. Manually powered bicycles and skateboards are exempt from the ban.

Read the whole story here.


Are E-scooters Here to Stay?

By L. Dennis Burns, CAPP

Mobility Lab has referred to 2018 as the Year of the Curb. One big reason for this was the rapid and broad emergence of dockless e-scooters. In the January 8 issue of Mobility Lab Express, Director Paul Mackie reflects on everything we know about scooters to predict their staying power—and highlights important questions for future research.

“The exploding popularity of scooters is reason enough to research them. Dockless bike-share systems barely started to be viewed as legitimate transit options in the public’s perception when, all of a sudden, scooters arrived and, in many cities, completely replaced dockless bikes almost overnight,” he writes.

“It’s difficult to predict whether scooters are here to stay. But not for lack of trying by transportation journalists. Scooters are still so new that the lack of research on their popularity makes their staying power a guessing game. As far back as July, Populus released a report finding that most people like dockless e-scooters—including women, who have a slightly more positive perception of them than men. But, besides that report, there’s little academic research on why scooters have taken cities across the country by storm.”

The article goes on to review the early success of Arlington, Va.’s scooter pilot program and explores other topic areas such as:

  • How many options are too many options?
  • Are shared scooters priced for optimal success?
  • Long-held perceptions need to change.
  • Transit will be the big winner if cities do scooters right.

Read the full story here.

L. Dennis Burns, CAPP, is regional vice president of Kimley-Horn.

Dockless Bikes No Longer Free-Range in D.C.

In a bit of trend-bucking, Washington, D.C., is extending its dockless bike and scooter pilot program, but there’s a catch: Dockless bike riders will have to lock their rides to something when they reach their destinations.

Dockless bikes will be required to be left locked to bike racks or street signs when not being used under new rules rolled out by the city. That means the bike companies will re-write their rules to require locking. But with more companies, including Lime, exiting the bike market in favor of e-scooters, some say the new rules won’t have much of an effect.

City officials say the locking requirements will address sidewalk-clutter issues. Users say they’re not big fans. Read the whole story here.