Urban areas are well connected in terms of public transport, and people can commute to work and get easy access to education, healthcare, and other essential services. They can choose from various transportation solutions, from public transport to ride-hailing and ride-sharing services, and different micro-mobility vehicles such as electric bikes and bike-shares. Micromobility vehicles require less parking space, can be managed at low cost to the passenger, and are easily accessible around town.
In areas outside the urban hubs and less developed regions, people have less access to suitable transportation services. For this reason, people had no choice but to drive in the past, often as single-passenger cars on the road. This unsustainable solution was adding to increased congestions in busy areas, higher pollution, substantial noise pollution, and declining mental health. Accessing transportation hubs or the final destination was costly, often stressful, and time-consuming with no alternative solution.
Micromobility solutions today
In the last couple of years, with the appearance of micro-mobility vehicles, the first and last-mile transportation and access to transportation hubs became much more accessible for under-developed areas.
For example, someone lives in the outer suburbs with no direct access to public transport. In the past, the only solution was to drive a car to access the destination or the closest transportation hub. Today, people living in these areas as well as in under-developed regions can ride-share and commute together. In places where there was no opportunity, budget, or high enough demand for introducing bus lines, now people can use e-scooters or even combine with sharing their car rides with others. This helps save cost, reduce the number of vehicles on the road, and help drivers take a break from daily driving. Even if they are able to travel as passengers a couple of times a week, they arrive to work more rested, relaxed while also having the opportunity for making friends on the road or catching up with work or sleep.
In these under-developed areas, having access to micro-mobility vehicles such as electric scooters, e-bikes means that without implementing new transportation lines, they are still able to get access to much more convenient and sustainable travel solutions. Easier access to more work opportunities, education, and other services help people living in under-developed areas establish better opportunities for themselves and create a better and more sustainable future.