They aren't straight-up like the ride-hailing TNCs, but as VC-funded enterprises that are trying to scale up quickly and are premised on extracting value, disintermediation, and yes even a kind of deep data collection verging on surveillance, they have some real similarities.
Yesterday in the Sunday paper, the Register-Guard had a front-pager on problems with ride-hailing. The City of Salem has not yet reported on how our TNC regulations are working here, and it's time for a formal report. If the City can't get useful numbers and develop a meaningful analysis, then they should center the problem of reporting and transparency. They should also discuss the VMT increases and congestion that come from ride-hailing.
|front page Sunday on ride-hailing safety problems|
|City Manager's update|
|It wasn't until the second week of September|
I saw the first rental bikes in the wild.
That's anecdotal for sure, but Council should ask for the rental data.
So what are we going to do with scooters? Will we come to grips with the fact that if we want rental bikes and rental scooters to be used, if we don't want them on downtown sidewalks, we will have to provide better facilities for them in the street?
|Kids on Center Street at Cottage violating the law|
But where should they be instead?
People aren't going to use scooters on downtown streets;
they will be on the sidewalks where we don't want them!
|Maybe car helmets should be mandatory? |
There are more head injuries in the car!
via twitter and treehugger
|Cities should not prop up the TNCs|
This is the one time the City has leverage, and they should use it.
(See previous notes on scooters here, on TNC regulations here, and on rental bikes here.)