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Poll Results: Micro-mobility - fad or future?

18/03/2019
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Last week we asked the EngineeringPro community for your views on micromobility solutions - urban transport ideas such as micro car-shares, e-bikes, scooters and other ideas for short-distance city-centre travel. Several automotive and technology companies appear to believe in this market, with major brands unveiling new products and concepts. 

But what did the engineering community think? Is micro-mobility the future of city-travel, or just the latest short-term trend? Here's what we found:

Few people think micro-mobility is here to stay, though many like the idea of these options if they were only more practical.

The results clearly show that many engineering professionals are interested in the benefits of micro-mobility solutions, but don’t believe that it will be a lasting trend.

The highest proportion said “Micro-mobility is a useful alternative for some, but the currently available options aren’t practical enough to provide a real solutions for most people” - a belief held by 29.73% of responders.

Just behind this answer was the view that “Micro-mobility will not solve the larger economical and environmental issues facing inner city commuters and the money spent on them should be put into public transport instead” (24.32%).

And in third place was “Micro-mobility is a good idea, but not enough to make me give up my car” (18.95%).

So it appears that many people are generally in favour of seeing more micro-mobility solutions in the streets, but aren’t necessarily on board with purchasing any themselves.

Cities such as Santa Monica are adapting to the micro-mobility trend by implementing parking spaces for scooter-shares. But according to our results, the engineering community is not convinced that these solutions are practical enough to last.
(Image via Santa Monica Next)

It’s interesting to see such a response regarding practicality of micro-mobility, when the entire industry is driven by a need for easier transportation options. Maybe there’s an option that developers haven’t considered yet that will make these solutions more practical for the average person. Maybe the promise of autonomous vehicles will provide an alternative solution. Or maybe the only way to solve transportation issues in urban areas is greater investment in city-wide infrastructure development and public transport.

What’s clear is a strong suggestion that this might not be the booming future industry that many developers are hoping for.

Finally, the lowest results came at each end of the scale. 16.22% believe that “Micro-mobility will never replace car ownership”. But only 10.81% believe that “Micro-mobility solutions are here to stay.

What do you think? Do you agree with the wider EngineeringPro community, or do you think there’s another factor that hasn’t been considered? Let us know in the comments.

This week’s EngineeringPro poll will be revealed later in the day. Sign up to the EngineeringPro newsletter to see all the latest views, comments and industry news from the last week.

Recent Comments
Just got back from Barcelona, it seems like the message re micro mobility has well and truly been heard there, with much of the (albeit younger) population already using this transport solution
David Johnson, 20 March 2019
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