The Rise of Dockless Transportation
Dockless transportation is the latest trend in urban transit. Although the concept has had its share of ups and downs, it’s helped residents and tourists alike get from here to there without the use of street-clogging cabs or ride-shares.
Curious about how dockless bikes and scooters can affect the community?
They make transportation affordable. Jumping on a scooter, bike or e-bike for your short trip to the store or work could cost less than taking a car. In certain instances, the cost may be made even more competitive by taking the bus. It seems like that affordability is attracting a diversity of riders, which could help make cities more accessible.
Decreased traffic congestion is a possibility. Thanks to the ease of finding a bike or scooter, more commuters have the option of forgoing cars. In China — one of the first places to have dockless transport — one study found that a bike-share fleet reduced private car travel by nearly 10 percent. Along with being a smart alternative to cars, proponents are also hoping that dockless transport gives more people easy access to public transportation.
They’re probably better for the environment. Taking a bike or scooter would have a smaller carbon footprint than a car. That’s fewer pollutants in the air and could mean smaller or fewer parking structures are necessary.
As with most new technologies and ideas, dockless transportation faces some challenges, chiefly: rider safety concerns and issues with sidewalk obstruction. Although the impact of dockless transport might not be apparent right now, taking advantage of a bike or scooter may actually make your commute easier — just don’t forget to wear a helmet.
Are you considering a move to have more transportation options? Get in touch today.
Nicole Kasten | Colfax Realty Group
Licensed Broker Associate
Phone: (786) 266-7523