In a major metropolis like Seattle, parking spots outnumber households — specifically, there are over five parking spots in the city per household. Why do we feel like there's never any parking? That's because most people will opt to circle an area hoping to find a cheaper spot on the street rather than pay for a parking garage spot (even though garages typically never reach capacity).
The change of seasons is bringing more than just new weather, but also new mobility. Some companies have begun to capitalize on their general approval, forcing America to think about what mobility really means.
Bike lanes change constantly around the world; size, coloring, dividers... there are more things that go into their design than most people think. Demand fluctuates from one town to the next, affecting what's being demanded and what makes sense for different areas.
A study published by The Ohio State University found that 58% of the millennials they surveyed said they don't have a car because they don't need one — meaning that more than half of their participants could go through their daily lives car-free.
Multiple cities around the globe have gone carless. Some were designed that way, while others have made a conscious decision to eliminate anything with four wheels. There are many benefits to going carless: decreasing carbon emissions, increasing pedestrian safety, and improving public health. These are some of the main reasons that many car-centric cities are setting goals to go completely electric, or just completely carless.
Scooters and bikes are everywhere and not just in America. To some, this global phenomenon appears to be the future of transportation, to others they're a nuisance, and to a few more they're just toys. Regardless of which side you're on, an important question to ask is: Are these private mobility companies dropping their rides in the right places?
In 1965, Witte Fietsen (white bikes) were placed throughout the streets of Amsterdam for the public to use for free. The program was quickly discontinued due to vandalism and theft, but started back up in 1995 still facing the same issues as it did 30 years ago.