Micromobility explores the disruption to urban transport that comes from new electric, lightweight utility vehicles. Using the history of computing as a framework, we unpack how e-bikes, scooters and more will change how people get around cities.

Hosted by Oliver Bruce and Horace Dediu.

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11: The Democratisation of Mobility: How Micromobility addresses Mobility Poverty

November 13, 2018 at 1:00PM • 50 minutes • Wiki Entry

On today's episode Horace and Oliver are joined by Winston Kwon, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Social Innovation at the University of Edinburgh Business School.

We discuss mobility poverty, why it matters and the role that micromobility could play in improving access to opportunities. We also touch on:
- The concept of Universal Basic Mobility (as put forward by Alex Roy) and how micromobility might enable it
- The importance of social inclusion - and how transport, specifically cars, impact it.
- How the homogeneity of suburbs is accelerating their infrastructural decline.
- Which cities/built environments will benefit the most from micromobility and which will be the most negatively impacted.
- Horace revises his estimates for the Total Addressable Market for Micromobility globally.

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In addition to the points raised, Winston has also shared the following research on the impact of micromobility on social inclusion:

A comprehensive review of cycling in 90 large American cities found that bike commuting was higher in cities with safe cycling measures such as separated bike lanes, lower auto ownership, higher gas prices, less urban sprawl and large student populations had a greater proportion of bicycle commuters. Interestingly, they found that the number of hot/cold days, annual rainfall and the availability of public transport did not significantly affect the propensity for commuting by bike. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs11116-011-9355-8.pdf

A recent observational study of the introduction of striped bike lanes in a racially diverse and mixed-use neighbourhood. Taking into account factors such as reduced bike traffic on side roads, they found that new cycle lanes increased the daily number of cyclists by over 300%. https://link.springer.com/content/pdf/10.1007%2Fs12160-012-9440-z.pdf

The development of a network of bike lanes is widely credited for helping economic and social change to Memphis, Tennessee. Changes include raising property values and upgrades to lower-income neighbourhoods bordering the Greenline bike path. https://www.bicycling.com/rides/a24065432/bike-lanes-can-save-cities-heres-proof/