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At @AASHTOSpeaks Joint Policy Conference of Committee on Design and Council on Active Transportation (I'm a member of that). Flexible design workshop to kick it off. #infrastructure #RoadSafety
Joyce Taylor, Maine DOT Chief Engineerb Over the years people have debated names for different approaches to streets that serve people. Let's call it GOOD DESIGN. #AASHTO #infrastructure #RoadSafety #PeopleStreets #HealthyStreets
Shari Schaftlein, FHWA Office of Human Environment, on context sensitive solutions/design. Case studies/resources #AASHTO #infrastructure #RoadSafety #PeopleStreets
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Why should you be paying attention to #micromobility? Because it represents a fundamental rethink of transport as we've known it.

I presented at the @motnz yesterday about this very topic. It tied a lot of what we've discussed on the podcast, so thought I'd share here. 1/n
I start with asking when the first year canned dog meat was produced. When do you think it was? More importantly, what caused it?
It was 1922. The year after peak horse in the US. It was enabled by cheap horse meat from the slaughterhouses as people started using their cars for more things. Important: this was 10 years after the first cars. Initially, they were additive to the existing transport paradigm.
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I get asked a lot about the waste from #micromobility - e-scooters, and those big piles of Chinese shared bikes. They definitely wear out faster and have short lifecycles. Lime's average 45-60 days. Look at all that waste!! Here's why that's the wrong way think about it.
The average Chinese bikeshare bike weighed 15-20kgs. There were 25 million of them deployed over the last few years and are mostly scrapped by now. But here's the thing. In aggregate, those 25m were made from steel that weighed about half a million tons (25m*20kg=500k tons).
Your average car weighs 1600kgs/3500lbs. So all of the Chinese bikes that have been produced equate to around 300,000 cars. For reference, that's only about 1-2% of what the US will *scrap* THIS YEAR. Man, if you worry about this waste, I have a pile of used cars to show you.
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Dear @EU_Commission would you mind taking a look at the situation wrt small electric scooters? While most countries classify them similar to e-bicycles (as in no insurance or license plate needed), Germany plans to regulate them in the most complicated way. Why not EU-wide rules?
The proposed german #EKFV demands national certification as motor vehicle, insurance, an insurance plate, max speed of 20 km/h, max 500W while Austria says 25 km/h, 600W and same rules as electric bicycles.
It seems that we will not be able in Germany to legally ride e-scooters that can be bought and are perfectly legal to ride in other countries. From a competitive perspective an IMHO absurd situation in the Single Market.
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1/ OK let's talk some @BirdRide TLV statistics.
2/ I’m a huge fan of @BirdRide and dockless scooter-sharing in general. I once heard @noam say that regulation gaps are the best place for disruption, and I think that Bird is a prime example for that.

Wondering about the numbers of their TLV launch, I decided to go birdwatching
3/ Unfortunately, Bird doesn’t have a public API yet. However, because their internal API wasn’t so carefully protected, many external services started collecting the scooters location data (mostly to serve the growing chargers community).
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Kicking off my #aashtoAM tweeting with a few relevant tweets from #WalkBikePlaces below. And really, you should just go look at that whole thread if you work in transportation.
Taking @RelayBikeShare in Atlanta bike infrastructure. Raised path an interesting experience--I like it. Celebratory 100-mile marker a nice touch--recognizes progress. #AASHTOam #infrastructure #BIKES TO #bikeshare
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