BIRD BATTLES: CITIES, RENTAL SHOPS, AND VIGILANTES TAKE AIM AT DOCKLESS E-SCOOTERS

L.A. Taco featured the controversy on stand-up electric scooters in Los Angeles. Marlon Boarnet of the USC Price School said there is a logic to the phenomenon — the need to gradually phase out carbon-fueled vehicles. He said they are helping to solve a long-standing problem in transportation: the “last mile.”

There is a logic to the scooter phenomenon — the need to gradually phase out carbon-fueled vehicles if we want to save the environment from a point-of-no-return. Marlon Boarnet, chair of USC’s Urban Planning and Spatial Analysis Department, said rentable scooters and other “light-duty e-mobility solutions” are helping to solve a long-standing problem in transportation: the “last mile.”

“There are these very short trips, oftentimes to and from transit,” he said. “If we could move those away from the automobile towards something that is light, that is environmentally sustainable … that could be a big win.”

 

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