CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 19, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Micro-mobility options like scooters are seeing explosive growth due to the unique benefits they bring to the commuting experience. This rapid introduction of micro-mobility has created new challenges for cities to manage the supply and use of these vehicles. Responding to this shift in urban mobility, cities are looking for innovative approaches to embrace the adoption of scooters and drive positive outcomes such as reducing congestion, providing first mile/last mile solutions, improving pedestrian safety and increasing mobility options in underserved areas.
Today, Charlotte, Detroit and Omaha announce a collaborative pilot program to manage micro-mobility in a new way, through sharing best practices and leveraging Passport's mobility platform. With this solution, the cities can maintain visibility and control over scooter deployments and better manage their curbs, while enabling mobility providers like Bird, Lime, Spin and Razor to more flexibly and conveniently manage their fleets.
Pioneering this new approach to micro-mobility management, these cities will be the first to apply parking principles, data analysis, and a software platform to charge for scooter parking in order to balance the supply, demand and distribution of scooters. Instead of capping scooter volumes or imposing flat fees, this methodology and technology from Passport allow each city to incentivize behavior by charging for curb space fairly across all modes of mobility. Just as cities charge cars to park at the curb, they can apply an existing digital parking infrastructure for scooters.