It’s clear that there are environmental and economic benefits associated with micro-mobility as well as those relating to real-estate. However, like most of life, such benefits are easily overlooked. What people are really interested in is whether it will add value to their life in the form of enjoyment and fun. Horace Dedieu suggests indeed micro-mobility offers individuals a more enjoyable way to approach transport and that it’s fun nature will be the reason people will make the switch to the more sustainable transport choice.
Exploring The Benefits Of Micro-Mobility
As the public transport company OV Pro reported, “Compared to a year earlier, half a million extra journeys were made in the first five months of 2019 with this NS partial bicycle. That is a 33 percent growth. In total, 4.2 million journeys were made by public transport throughout 2018” (2019). The statistic reflects the increasing popularity, attractiveness and growth of micro-mobility within the world’s leading cities such as Amsterdam. It’s for good reason micro-mobility and, more specifically, e-scooters are taking off as a common choice and sustainable alternative when it comes to transport. In recognizing the rise of micro-mobility, we’ve created this article to explore some of the benefits associated with the rising phenomena and why it’s not only a more sustainable and environmentally-friendly choice but also why it’s the more fun way to get around.
1. More Efficient On An Economical Basis
A 2015 report conducted by the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy explained that “…a world with a dramatic increase in cycling could save society US$24 trillion cumulatively between 2015 and 2050…” (2015). The financial benefits of micro-mobility are thus significant. The report’s finding reflects how encouraging societies to choose e-scooters can have great economic benefits which can ultimately improve government savings. In doing so, governments can spend more money on important issues with the right political policies in place.
It’s also important to remember that a common excuse and foreseeable hindrance from the perspective of business owners is the financial burden sustainable and eco-friendly solutions pose to the economy. However, micro-mobility could save up to US$24 trillion and in doing so, help develop the economy, making it a clear and obvious choice when it comes to transport.
2. More Efficient On An Environmental Basis
The aforementioned report also explained the significant environmental benefits of micro-mobility, stating that “… a world with a dramatic increase in cycling could…cut CO2 emissions from urban passenger transport by nearly 11 percent in 2050 compared to a High Shift scenario without a strong cycling emphasis” (2015).
Furthermore, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report explored “the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways, in the context of strengthening the global response to the threat of climate change, sustainable development, and efforts to eradicate poverty” (2018). The report highlights the very immediate and necessary need to reduce our CO2 emissions. Micro-mobility provides the perfect answer to this need in relation to the transport industry which is increasingly growing as the world becomes further urbanized and commuting within cities a part of everyday life.
Thus, micro-mobility is a direct response to the IPCC’s focus on ‘improving the global response to the threat of climate change and sustainable development’ as an environmentally-friendly, accessible and affordable transport choice. Micro-mobility is quite simply a far more sustainable alternative to traditional forms of transport (such as cars) which emit excessive CO2 emissions and consequently have an impact on the earth which we as a humanity can no longer afford to compensate for.
3. More Efficient In Relation To Real Estate
As Nathan Heller concludes in The New York Times article, “It is natural to think of innovation as a march of technical advances, each one finally paying the balance on a dream sold long before: the wheel, the cart, the carriage, the car. But the truth is that our technical capacities arrive too soon…A smarter futurism would focus less on pushing through advances and more on being sure we will use them wisely when they come” (2019).
Heller’s point could not be more relevant in relation to real estate as the world reaches unprecedented levels of population growth whilst simultaneously housing prices rise and public space becomes a commodity.
In recognizing these realities, micro-mobility offers hope to the real estate industry. The Micromobility Newsletter stated, “In L.A. County, there are a staggering 18.6 million parking spots occupying 200 square miles of land in total. That’s more than 4.5 parking spots per person, spread over an area larger than the European principality of Andorra” (2019). The statistic reflects an international problem in relation to the inefficiency of traditional transport and its ultimately detrimental impact on the real estate industry.
Micro-mobility offers the most efficient use of space as docking stations use far less space than car parks and individual car spots. This allows more space to be readily available for real estate. Consequently, cities can cater for the world’s growing population whilst simultaneously offering an attractive, affordable and enjoyable transport solution in the form of micro-mobility.
4. And Quite Simply, Far More Fun
Whilst it’s clear micro-mobility offers an array of benefits in relation to the economy, public space, real estate and the environment, it’s important not to forget just how fun this form of transport can be.
Rather than being limited to certain streets designated for cars, trucks and other forms of transport, micro-mobility allows you, quite literally, to be far more mobile. You are able to access places you otherwise could not, you can see more of the city without the constraints of a car and most importantly, you can experience cities in a more intimate, personal and enjoyable way.
Scooting around the city free of traffic jams and the congestion that comes from cars with the freedom to explore interesting spaces and places is the most enjoyable way to move about a city.
As Horace Dedieu so perfectly summarized and concluded in his tweet, “Yes, micro-mobility is efficient on an environmental basis, real estate use basis, and economical basis. But that is not why people will switch. They will switch because micro-mobility is more fun.”