A Dockless Future: Bikeshare and eScooters in Suburban Communities
In the past year alone, “dockless” transportation has revolutionized micro-mobility across the country. While new transportation options like electric bikes and scooters provide clean alternatives to getting around, the “dockless” trend has also shown to be disruptive for local governments and residents. While much of the attention has focused on how urban communities have dealt with the influx of dockless bikes and scooters, there has been less focus on the impact in suburban communities. What successes and challenges have suburban communities encountered?
On April 11, 2019, the Southern Alameda County Spare the Air Team and Best Workplaces for Commuters at the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) hosted a webinar, “A Dockless Future – Bikeshare and eScooters in Suburban Communities,” highlighting the explosion of dockless micro-mobility. The webinar featured Frank Douma and Austin Hauf, Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and Kerby Olsen, Shared Mobility Coordinator with the City of Oakland, California, who shared their insights on the trend, and share from experience how to implement a dockless system in suburban environments.