Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Are delivery robots and drones an element of the "Sustainable Mobility Platform"? (Yes.)

10.Robot.Postmates.WDC.25October2017NotionsCapital calls our attention to a Business Insider story, "People kicking these food delivery robots is an early insight into how cruel humans could be to robots." From the article:
The company behind tiny food delivery robots has admitted that people are kicking its machines — and it's an early insight into how cruel humans could be to robots.

Starship Technologies was launched in 2014 by Skype cofounders Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis. It makes 22-inch tall robots that roll along the pavement at 4mph delivering food to people. ...

Heinla told Business Insider that while most people like the robots, there are a few who take exception.
Not every element is likely to be equally valued. I do outline the importance of delivery as an element of the SMP ("Free access to cargo bikes/e-cargo bikes as part of a mobility hub/sustainable mobility platform") here:

I continue to work out where to place the various rungs on the ladder.  It's easier if you split it out according to trip distance.  These are the elements, with new items shown in bold italic.  The organization has been expanded by scale, divided into three scales: metropolitan; regional; and multi-regional/multi-state.

The Sustainable Mobility Platform at the city/county/metropolitan scale

-- Walking

-- Skateboards/Scooters (nonmotor)*

-- E-Scooters/Segways/electric wheels*
---- dockless scooters (Bird, LimeBike)

-- Cycling
---- secure bike parking, air pumps, repair stands
---- access to trailers
---- tandems
---- cargo bikes
---- e-bikes
---- special populations ("Two men leading an effort to provide bikes to homeless," WLOX-TV)

-- Bicycle sharing
---- community system (hub and spoke based)
---- dockless (LimeBike, Mobike, Ofo, etc.)
---- dockless e-bikes (Jump)
---- building/campus (e.g., hotel, office building, university, office complex)
---- special populations ("New bike share program gives One80 Place's homeless a way around the city," WCIV-TV)

-- Delivery services ***
---- packages long distance (e.g., UPS, FedEx, etc.)
---- local delivery (e.g. Dolly, robots) including groceries
---- package pickup points (Amazon, UPS, etc.)

-- Metropolitan Transit
---- network scale (regional, metropolitan, city; primary, secondary, tertiary)
---- various bus, streetcar, light rail, heavy rail, railroad services
---- intra-district (Baltimore Circulator, Circulators, San Diego FRED Shuttle); tertiary network (Tempe Orbit)
---- shuttle services (school, employer, residential)
---- microtransit either private (Bridj**, Chariot, Israeli sheruts) or public (AC Transit FLEX pilot project, "The newest battleground between public transit and Uber, Lyft is an unlikely one," San Jose Mercury News)
---- van pools (longer distance) (vride)
---- shared taxi type services at edges of the transit system (taxi collectif in Montreal) or intra-district (Via, UberPool, Lyft Line) either publicly subsidized ("Mass transit gets boost from ridesharing," USA Today; "Uber and Lyft Want to Replace Public Buses," Bloomberg) or not

-- Taxis/Ride hailing
---- single trips (equivalent of "single occupant vehicle trips")

-- Car sharing
---- one-way (car2go****)
---- two-way (Zipcar, Enterprise, Maven, etc.)
---- inclusion of a variety of vehicles in fleets to accommodate multiple uses (Zipcar)
---- electric car sharing systems

-- Two-Wheel Scooters
---- scooter sharing (Scoot in SF)

-- Car pooling

-- Car rental

Sustainable Mobility Platform at the Regional Scale

-- Regional Transit
---- Commuter bus
---- Inter-city bus (Megabus, Bolt, etc.)
---- Inter-city rail (regional passenger and/or commuter rail services including all-day services like Long Island Rail Road or commuter specific services such as Virginia Railway Express which does not provide weekend or late night service)

Sustainable Mobility Platform at the Multi-regional and Multi-state scale

---- Inter-city bus (Megabus, Bolt, etc.)
---- Inter-city rail (Amtrak, separate long distance rail services in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts, All Aboard Florida)

*       Separation of non-motorized from motorized forms
**     Bridj went out of business
***   Recategorized by distance/origin of package
**** Car2Go and BMW Drive Now services have merged, but not yet at the scale of individual markets

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