Car-Free Streets and Scooter Share Return to San Francisco

With the approval of a car free Market Street and re-deployment of scooters by Uber, Lime, and Spin under a new permitting program, San Francisco captured two major trends in one week: A reprioritizing of street space to private vehicle alternatives and the emergence app-based shared mobility.

After roughly eight years of planning, ‘Better Market Street’ is modeled on the longstanding success of transit malls found in cities like Portland and Denver. While not a new concept, Better Market Street is the first major transit mall redesign to contend with the forces of rideshare and bike/scooter share services within cities. The design integrates various mobility modes such as walking, protected cycle lanes, buses, and SF’s iconic Street Car. Generic Cialis online

The addition of ‘Streetlife Zones’ – e.g. benches, tables, real-time transit info, bike/scooter parking, newsstands, restrooms – constitute a major planning innovation due to their designed flexibility for a multitude of uses. Their inclusion represents an increasing awareness of, and commitment to, creating space to accommodate both current technologies and unforeseen future innovations.

This physical commitment to new mobility, coupled with the re-launch of shared platforms under a rigorous permitting process, constitutes a formalization of micromobility options, and their recognition as a ‘serious mode.’ Ambien 10 mg

The learnings from Better Market Street will help inform similar projects around the world, like Seattle’s 3rd Ave redesign, and further the discussion for other cities seeking to reduce the role of private vehicles in urban areas, for which micromobility is particularly well suited.