While micromobility has taken off, most cities have been slow to build the infrastructure necessary to support their use. This goes beyond comprehensive networks of connected and protected bike lanes — our cities also desperately need better parking solutions for personally owned and shared modes of transport.
Cars have dedicated parking spaces and lots, vast networks of roads engineered specifically for them, and even taxpayer-funded charging infrastructure. By contrast, micromobility vehicles must navigate the roadways of cars and the sidewalks of pedestrians.
For micromobility to rise to the next level in the U.S., we must make the same public space provisions to ensure that riding a bike, e-bike or e-scooter is at least as safe and convenient as driving a car.
The lack of secure parking is a significant barrier preventing people from purchasing or using their own micromobility vehicles, especially in dense cities where few residents have access to a garage or other safe storage.