TransLink is hosting regional conversations on Transport 2050, the latest version of its strategic plan. Last week at a packed Robson Square theatre, it began with “The Future of Mobility” – lots of thought nuggets from TL’s strategic planner, Andrew McCurran and a panel of those in what we used to call alternative transport (not any longer) – ride-hailing, car-sharing, bike-sharing, electric mobility, and scooters!
Here are a few tasty items:
Say good-bye to the ‘bike lane’; hail the ‘mobility lane.’ Since it’s illegal for electric scooters to use the sidewalk (yeah, right) and it’s obvious already that electrification is leading to new kinds of vehicles faster than self-powered two-wheelers, they will all use the bike lanes or demand their own right-of-way. Expect conflict.
(By the way, in cities with both bike- and scooter-share, the latter outperforms the former.)
Will there be space available on a reconfigured road as the number of traditional vehicles (you know, cars) diminishes? Assuming, of course, that the number of cars really does drop. Data from the use of Uber and Lyft in American cities indicates just the opposite: more cars and more congestion.Read more »