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Six Reasons Scooters are Good and One Reason They’re Not

So I’ve been riding scooters around lately for science. You know, to learn stuff. I don’t know what is is about the scooters, but I’ve been extra curious about them, even more than other transportation trends like UberBlack or pogo stick sharing. Maybe it’s the fact that random conversations I have with random people about […]

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Sunday Summary – July 7, 2019

Welcome to the back side of summer – solstice passed, 4th of July over, and the back to school ads have probably already started. But not at streets.mn, because our summer picnic is next Saturday, July 13, 2019 starting at 11:30 am at Boom Island Park in Minneapolis. We’d love to see you!   Getting […]

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Review: Lime vs. Lyft Scooters in 2019

Lyft, a third scooter competitor, hit the streets of Minneapolis on July 1. Lime and Spin started this season’s operations earlier in the spring, and rival Jump, owned by ride share heavyweight Uber, will likely be joining soon. With the mid-year advent of a third scooter network operator, I tested out Lime and Lyft scooters […]

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Sunday Summary – June 2, 2019

We’re past Memorial Day, the unofficial start of summer, and time for scooters, picnics (stay tuned for announcements of the annual streets.mn picnic), parks, and more. It was another light week on streets.mn as summer gets underway, but here’s last week’s haul: Scooter public service announcement Conrad Zbikowski reviews the state of scooters in Minneapolis […]

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Lime and Spin Roll Out in Minneapolis, Jump and Lyft Arriving Soon

Starting May 13, electric scooters have returned to the streets of Minneapolis. The city green-lit contracts with four network operators, Jump, Lime, Lyft, and Spin, and as of May 13, Lime and Spin are operating in the city. Jump is a brand of Uber Technologies Inc. and Spin is owned by Ford Motor Co. Lime, […]

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Chart of the Day: Typical Distances By Transportation Mode, Log Scale

Here’s a chart that caught my eye, from a post on Why Is This Interesting about micromobility. First let’s look at the chart, which, with its log-scale and comprehensive scope, is the kind of chart that makes me excited about charts. Check it out: (See also these other great comprehensive charts: Operating Speeds by Mode […]

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Sunday Summary – April 28, 2019

First, don’t miss a couple of events. Next weekend, come to the streets.mn Midtown Greenway Cleanup – May 4, 2019 which is just what it sounds like, plus a chance to socialize over food and drink afterwards. Beyond streets.mn, there are a A Few More Opportunities for Public Input on the Minneapolis Transportation Action Plan (and also […]

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Lime, Bird, and Spin Set to Ride in St. Paul

City staff have selected electric scooter network operators Lime, Bird, and Spin for the 2019 season, and the City Council will decide whether to approve those contracts at its Wednesday, April 24, meeting. Read the agenda for the meeting. All three vendors are based in California. Lime (the brand of Neutron Holdings Inc.) is based […]

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Chart of the Day: Trips by Shared Micromobility 2018

Per NACTO’s new study: In 2018, people took 36.5 million trips on station-based bike share systems and 38.5 million trips on shared e-scooters. In 2018, e-scooters overtook bikes as the preferred vehicle for dockless vendors. Dockless pedal (non-electric) bikes, which quickly proliferated across the U.S. in 2017, have largely disappeared from North American cities, with just 3 million trips […]

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Sharing Streets with Scooters

One hot day last August I set out to walk a marathon around the Twin Cities, starting with a jaunt over to St Paul for a streets.mn board meeting, a tour of the sewer covers of Rondo (they’re amazing!), and a nice brunch before meandering back to Minneapolis to wander around more. Midday, I headed […]

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