67: Micromobility Infrastructure – challenges and opportunities with The Transportist, Professor David Levinson

Before the dark times, I recorded the Micromobility Podcast with Oliver Bruce, which has just been released.

This week Oliver interviews David Levinson, professor at the University of Sydneyimage-asset.jpeg and popular blogger at transportist.org. David is not new to the world of talking about transport and disruptive innovation, having joined Horace on Asymcar in 2013. He brings a tempered view to the benefits and challenges of micromobility, including around infrastructure and the decision making timeframes that it typically has.

Specifically, we dig into:

  • David’s background and research into toll roads, travel behaviour and urban form.
  • Whether David considers micromobilty a substantial new innovation in transport.
  • Constraints around deployment of larger vehicle fleets.
  • The challenges around parking, NIMBY-ism and political will in reallocating street space.
  • Comparable histories of new vehicle technologies making it into cities.
  • The intersection of political capital/structures and the likelihood of rollouts of specific transport infrastructure
  • The fundamental challenges with micromobility infrastructure – heft, vehicle density and decision-making timeframes
  • Examples of cities that have more proactively built infrastructure for micromobility, and historical examples of how companies have garnered community support to lobby for new infrastructure.

It’s a great episode, if nothing else because it lays out the challenges/opportunities to widespread adoption of micromobility in sober terms.

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