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Shared micromobility: The truth about sidewalk riding - Cities Today

By Cities Today

E-scooters parked on sidewalk.

As shared micromobility programmes proliferate across the world, their value becomes increasingly evident. Communities with shared e-scooters see a reduction in car trips, a lowering of harmful emissions and an easing of traffic congestion. Researchers recently found, for example, that when Atlanta paused shared micromobility service in the evenings, average car commute times increased by 10 percent, and travel times to stadium events increased by 37 percent. Shared e-scooter programmes also boost the urban economy, adding dollars to local businesses.


Despite their quick evolution into a sustainable, everyday transportation mode, shared e-scooters still face growing pains. One concern some cities have is e-scooters riding on sidewalks in denser neighbourhoods frequented by pedestrians.


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