Having seen/used them in action + observed their impact on a city (DC) – I’m a strong believer that dockless scooters will be a massive catalyst for non-car mobility, in cities like Kansas City. The scooters are very low-friction for use, and they are already highly-coveted, in all waking hours, in cities they’ve rolled out to.
While dockless scooters don’t cover every mobility use case, throw on a backpack and they’ll work for the vast majority of 1-5 mi movements within cities – conquering hills impressively.
It would be great to see KCMO get ahead of this trend and issue an RFP for a dockless scooters pilot within the downtown area (~River to 31st, State Line to Prospect).
There’s so much to learn about scooters (+ all dockless offerings) and their impact on our cities – and I predict we will quickly discover they are in need of/worthy of vastly more on-street infrastructure (bike lanes/mobility lanes) than currently exists or is even planned.
Note: Dockless offerings have already shown to significantly improve the diversity & accessibility of cycling within cities.