E-Bikes, Mobility Justice, and Rebooting Bikeshare

A lot of bikes
14 of the 30 most transit-dependent cities do not have neighborhood-based car sharing services.Our hope is that our initial success […] and other work to come from our organization can be used to inspire car sharing startups in other cities that have been largely overlooked as markets in the past. […]Bicycle sharing is [also] prohibitively expensive for many smaller cities to launch in its current form. It is also expensive to maintain relative to the income the service produces. Buffalo CarShare is working with Social Bicycles, a Brooklyn-based startup company, to launch a network of low-cost, but high-tech bicycles that can be integrated into the existing BCS business model thereby cutting the costs of service provision.
  1. The heightened awareness around structural racism, anti-Blackness, and racialized inequities, and the lofted affirmation that systems of institutional racism need to be dismantled and replaced.
  2. A growing recognition that carsharing, bikesharing, and ridehailing, like all transit systems have learned over the last 130 years, are really difficult to make work through profit-driven models. With this recognition comes serious and unprecedented levels of investment in Clean Mobility Options programs that explicitly target marginalized communities.
  3. Thousands of electric bicycles in good working condition, discarded and eventually donated to our non-profit with the intent on recycling these e-bikes for use in “bicycle library” models. This is the largest donation of its kind and will allow for the first national-scale shared mobility program focused on racial equity and mobility justice.
  • How will these business models be reimagined? Should access to an electric bicycle be like access to education? Healthcare? Electricity?
  • How should access to these bikes be prioritized? Should bikes be made available exclusively to low-income residents? To front line and essential workers? Should we aim to build new social enterprises around the bikes?
  • What geographies should be served, and how can community-controlled models work in the places that private companies are struggling to serve?
Unloading bikes in Buffalo

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Principal Consultant at Mobility Development Partners, working to support local organizations design, execute, and grow community-controlled mobility networks.

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Creighton Randall

Creighton Randall

Principal Consultant at Mobility Development Partners, working to support local organizations design, execute, and grow community-controlled mobility networks.

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