CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 19, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today Superpedestrian, the MIT spin-off engineering company behind the world’s safest and smartest electric scooters, in partnership with Cities Today Institute, a peer-to-peer network for leaders in urban mobility and innovation, has released a report on how electric scooters can better integrate into public transportation systems around the world. The report brings together government, system operator and NGO experts to identify new and existing solutions such as mobility hubs that provide different transport options in the same locations, integration of fares across modes to reduce travel costs and equity programs that expand access.
Since 2017, trends have drastically changed in the way drivers use scooters to get to their next destination. While electric scooters were initially a small niche in the transportation market, they have now become an integral part of how millions of people get around. In recent findings, Superpedestrian reported that two-thirds of its e-scooter trips were not for tourism or recreational use, but for commuting to work, school and other daily necessities. . In Lisbon, 23% of Superpedestrian e-scooter trips avoided a car journey, while in San Diego that figure is 32%.
To increase the use of micromobility to reduce car trips and expand access to transportation, the new report examines cities as diverse as Pittsburgh and Madrid to find solutions. The report urges cities to consider:
- Establish intermodal transportation hubsmodeled on Move PGH in Pittsburgh, installing e-scooter parking at key transit stops, giving riders a wider range of options in one place.
- Integrate micromobility fare systems into transit fares to reduce costs for passengers
- Improve terrain information and built-in trip planning features facilitate the identification and planning of intermodal journeys
- Expand equity programs in micromobility, which have the highest public transport integration rates. Superpedestrian’s LINK-Up and LINK Serv passengers, which serve veterans and public assistance passengers, are more than 10 times more likely to use scooters to connect to a transit stop than others destinations.
- Deployment of electric scooters to fill nighttime gaps in public transport. Superpedestrian electric scooters are available 24 hours a day in most of its cities. This service is valuable for riders who work night shifts or leave for work early in the morning, ensuring that riders always have the flexibility to get to work and back home.
“Micromobility is a real means of transportation. Based on evidence in our cities around the world, we know that when micromobility and public transit are more seamlessly connected, they provide a more compelling alternative to using We at Superpedestrian are looking to deepen this integration not only to increase the use of shared e-scooters, but also to increase the accessibility of public transport,” said Paul White, Senior Director of Public Affairs at Superpedestrian.
“It is a great pleasure for CTI to be able to synthesize public and private sector expertise as a tool to make 21st century communities work for 21st century citizens. Our goal is to integrate affordable and accessible transportation solutions to make cities work better,” said Bob Bennett, president of the Cities Today Institute. “The Cities Today Institute is proud to have worked with many members of our community and the Superpedestrian team to take a deep dive into how cities are implementing e-scooter policy.”
About Superpedestrian: Superpedestrian was founded by MIT in 2013 with a mission to develop the world’s smartest and safest fleets of light electric vehicles. In 2020, Superpedestrian launched the LINK Scooter, billed as “The Volvo of e-Scooters” for its patented Vehicle Intelligence platform that actively prevents costly mechanical and electrical hazards plaguing other e-scooter operators. Named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Transportation Companies of 2022, Superpedestrian has become a global leader in transportation robotics and human-scale mobility, holding more than 40 patents in autonomous outage protection of vehicles, automated maintenance software, fleet optimization and vehicle context awareness. .
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