Worth it starting with a note that I’m terribly risk averse and therefore… don’t have much fun. At the micro-mobility subsidiary Ford Turn First started a fleet of electric scooters in my hometown of Pittsburgh last summer, my immediate instinct was very old-man-yell-cloud.
Youngsters took over the streets and sidewalks, speeding through downtown and the North Shore on the orange scooters. In the hillier parts of town – in case you don’t know about Pittsburgh most of the city – they were a stationary menace, abandoned on sidewalks, under bridges and in the middle of alleys.
I wrote off the spin scooters as an inevitable consequence of city life and vowed to avoid the damn transportation. Around the same time, two things happened: I started editing a lot Rebekah Bellan‘s posts to TechCrunch, and I started dating a guy who swears scooters are fun.
Founders made by micromobility startups a lot from good arguments why fleets of electric scooters and bikes make sense. First and foremost, they’re not cars, which is great for improving air quality and improving rush hour traffic. You can help solve the “last mile problem” – getting people from the last subway or bus stop to their home or work. They are theoretically cheaper than owning a car or even hailing a cab or Uber, which is obvious justice issues for low-income people.
I didn’t buy it – they struck me as dangerous, shaky and unsustainable on several levels. Venture capitalists disagreed, pouring millions into companies like Bird and lime.
If you read TechCrunch, you know what happened next.
Micromobility is fun, but perhaps that’s all it’ll ever be – TechCrunch Source link Micromobility is fun, but perhaps that’s all it’ll ever be – TechCrunch