As congestion is increasing in most densely urbanized Cities, micromobility companies have been launching shared services to encourage on demand usage of e-vehicles and bikes. From Chicago to Milan, from Paris to Beijing, it has become popular to see residents and tourists speeding along with Ofo, Lime or Mobike bicycles. But these 100% green vehicles might not be the killer application for smart urban mobility.
In some Cities, dockless bike-share services caused some troubles, mostly due to improperly parked bikes. In most cases, the offering didn’t fully match actual users needs, as people are flocking to more comfortable mobility systems to cover greater distances in less time, even in bad weather conditions. That’s why micromobility businesses are turning their focus to dockless scooters, that are expected to attract almost 10 times the preferences bikes have.
Regardless of whether the future will be about bikes or scooters, the challenge for Cities remains the same: how to improve urban mobility, and support sustainable transportation systems in growing communities. As private cars are still necessary and somehow preferred for everyday travels, Cities should also take care of their parking facilities, and leverage Smart Parking technologies as an effective contribution to traffic mitigation.