Focusing on the unsavory aspects of the shared scooter and bike networks that have landed
in cities in recent years—the clutter, the safety hazards, the lost parking spots—these
“microbility” services have the potential to solve some of the biggest problems confronting
urban and suburban communities. They can expand access to public transportation, reduce
our environmental footprint, and save us money. Micromobility can be just as transformational
as solar power or electric vehicles—with impacts that will be felt much sooner.
Land and lanes should be taken away from cars and dedicated to scooters and bicycles.
Public transit systems should be redesigned to better integrate and leverage emerging
One kilowatt hour of energy carries a gasoline-powered car a little less than a mile.
A much more efficient Tesla Model 3 can travel about four miles on the same amount
of energy. An electric scooter can travel more than 80 miles—or 333 laps around a football
In fact, e-scooters are so efficient, a human would burn about nine times as much energy
walking and about four times as much energy bicycling the same distance.