If you been thinking all the current craze over electric scooters and e-bikes is some passing trend in the U.S., then think again. A recent study by the research group, INRIX, contends that the micromobility vehicles could eventually replace up to 50 percent of all car trips in the U.S. Well, that’s if more people start opting for smarter modes of transportation.
- INRIX study reveals that 48 percent of all car trips in most congested cities in the U.S. are less than 3 miles.
- The growing congestion in major metro areas in the U.S. could prompt more people to start using more micromobility.
- Honolulu, New Orleans, Nashville, Chicago and Charlotte are poised to have the greatest opportunity for more micromobility.
Usage of modes of micromobility like Uber’s JUMP electric bikes are expected to grow significantly. (Photo: JUMP)
A new study reveals that micromobility devices could potentially replace close to half of all car trips in major metropolitan areas in the U.S.
The projections stem from recent research conducted by the consulting group, INRIX, which found that 48 percent of all car trips in some of the most congested cities in the U.S. are less than three miles, which is an ideal them ideal for micromobility.
According to the National Association of City Transportation, most e-scooter trips are between a half-mile and a mile. The distance traveled on electric bikes is typically between one mile and three miles. Among all the cities analyzed by INRIX, the five metro areas that show the greatest potential for micro-mobility growth are Honolulu, New Orleans, Nashville, Chicago and Charlotte.
WHY THIS MATTERS
With a growing number of people moving into major cities around the U.S., it’s becoming ever more important to be able to identify areas where more efficient modes of transportation can be used to help alleviate traffic concerns. Research like the INRIX study not only helps in those efforts, it also helps to encourage more people to see the viability of micromobility vehicles like electric scooters and e-bikes.