Don't blame scooters. Blame the streets.

  • Published on:  9/18/2018
  • The sidewalks were never meant for this.Subscribe to our channel! teamed up with the University of California to explain one of the hottest trends of 2018: dockless electric scooters. You can see more from University of California in our YouTube series Climate Lab: can also read University of California's write-up on the video above here: https://www.universityofcalifornia.ed...They’re one of many ‘micro-mobility’ innovations rocketing through the transportation sector. Even in cities with exceptional public transportation coverage, gaps persist. This is a decades old problem, often referred to as ‘the last mile/first mile.’ Cities traditionally address the last mile problem by expanding bus routes. But as cities continue to populate while transportation dept budgets dwindle, the patience of commuters is running dry. So scooters, electric skateboards, and pedal assist bikes have become an increasingly popular option for city residents.These innovations, while quite popular, also draw the ire of the oft-beleaguered sidewalk pedestrian. The past century of development prioritized car transportation, often at the expense of wide sidewalks that were once bustling with life. So the planners of today are taking a page out of history to prepare for a brave new world of alternative transportation.If you’d like to learn more about the deal with scooters in your city, I recommend following Curbed. You should start with this write-up by Alissa Walker: Here’s a closer look at the survey data on the popularity of scooters:’s Sarah Kaufman on the push to regulate scooters in cities: Here’s a NACTO write-up on what future complete streets could look like. And, just for fun, here’s that Library of Congress footage of San Francisco’s Market Street: is a news website that helps you cut through the noise and understand what's really driving the events in the headlines. Check out our full video catalog: Vox on Facebook: Twitter:


  • Vox 10 months ago

    If you’d like to learn more about the deal with scooters in your city, I recommend following Curbed. This piece by Alissa Walker inspired this video:

  • Sparka 1 months ago

    Then you turn around and make bike only lanes, and now the businesses suffer. Delivery trucks cant stop out front, nor can customers doing drop offs and pick ups. 3 lane roads went to two, and the ones downtown where the buses stop are now 1 lane and traffic has built up big time.

  • Buddy Clem 4 months ago

    First of all, what is a dockless scooter?

  • The thing you are looking for is BIKELANES

  • Jeremy Fisher 11 days ago

    Not when all the pedestrians walk on and fill up the bike lane

  • Laura Some Number 23 days ago

    They don't help the scooter problem. Yes it gets them off the sidewalk while in use but they still get left everywhere when not.

  • Gombos Andrei 1 months ago

    Anyone from Europe who thinks that walking 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) is not that much?

  • SameerSlash yesterday

    @dan tan Eh, let em enjoy it, soon we'll have those bragging rights too.

  • dan tan 3 days ago

    @Joe Ashbee europeans love coming to the comments to gloat about how everything is better over there.

  • Ken Bob 8 months ago

    My favorite parts of a city are those that have tree-lined streets with at most two narrow lanes for vehicles, protected bike lanes and wide sidewalks encouraging foot traffic. These areas are catalysts for small shops and restaurants and generate a nice vibe.

  • Math 4 days ago

    So basically every city in Netherlands

  • Jeff Morse a months ago

    @Sparka people in cars don't shop. It is much less convenient. They go point A to point B. The traffic is bad because the city didn't incorporate enough public transit alternatives

  • Qslick B 10 months ago

    That baby being carried across the street would be 112 years old if still alive today!!

  • JesseNGX 1 months ago


  • Luther Agda 2 months ago

    I wonder whats his/her name tho... LOL

  • SuperTobyproductions 10 months ago

    Laughs in Dutch, where we not just need to cycle the last mile but just can go all over town

  • GuitarGuy 3 days ago

    @Miru they are great when visiting. I actually lived there.

  • Miru 3 days ago

    @GuitarGuy Dutch and Belgian people are some of the nicest people I've encountered in Europe. I really miss them

  • Roboko 10 months ago

    The 'last mile' issue of the US is a fault of the urban planning in itself. Much of US suburbs are huge sprawls. People live spaced out too far apart for transport connections to be economic. Scooters in the last mile is treating the symptom not the cause.

  • Germanicus 24 days ago

    @JS Veterans humans keep multiplying. No solution lasts forever.

  • Bocbo 3 months ago

    Most of us don't want to live near most of us. Planning reflected desire.

  • cicci0salsicci0 10 months ago

    Wrong title: It should have been "Don't blame scooters. Blame people"

  • Nate _BMX 17 days ago

    Nah blame the scooters, nobody likes them NOBODY

  • Germanicus 24 days ago

    Scooters are an imperfect solution to a growing problem but you have to address the problem.

  • memyselfandY21 10 months ago

    The Dutch did this for about 50 years now...

  • dan tan 3 days ago

    @Naughtysauce right

  • Naughtysauce 1 months ago

    TF you want, a cookie?

  • Kevin Kirk 8 months ago

    Just walk from point A to point B, don’t be soft people