Movements | January 8th, 2020

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Hello Movements fam, welcome to 2020! Buckle up as it’s going to be a rollercoaster of a year for mobility. Also if you are in New York City on January 16th, we are teaming up with the Micromobility crew to host a happy hour. Space is limited. Shoot us a message if you are interested in attending!


Bird teamed up with PowerMobility and Swiftmile to upgrade some of their nests to dedicated charging stations in Ramat Gan, Israel. | PowerMobility

Lime contract chargers (aka “Juicers”) in California are receiving termination letters. It’s yet to be seen if this is due to the company moving towards complete in house operations or because of recent state legislation around contract work. “Unclear if it's related to #AB5, but the timing sure makes it seem like it.” | Harry Campbell

Shared micromobility enforcement: Police in Beijing have arrested more than 2,600 people in relation to dockless bike theft and vandalism, according to Mobike’s blog. | BBC

Lime is removing all of its eBikes off the streets of Seattle. | Seattle Times

2020 predictions for shared electric scooters from Asher. Some highlights:

  • Personally owned scooter usage overtakes the shared model

  • Swappable batteries become much more common and perhaps even required

  • Operators consolidate and become more discerning about where to grow

Product Launches & Updates

SmartSwap is a new swappable battery product that allows operators to swap in freshly charged lithium ion in under 10 seconds.  It looks like Circ is deploying these swappable battery vehicles in Dortmund, Germany.  | Feishen Micro Mobility

Segway-Ninebot unveils the AIr T15, a 22-pound commuter electric scooter with a max speed of 12.5 mph. | The Verge

Bird continues to test new retail channels: Amazon featured Bird’s early ES1 scooters for sale during the holidays. | Amazon

Uber has a new safety feature that allows riders to complete rides in the event their card was declined. | LinkedIn

Uber rolls out transit ticketing in their app in Las Vegas. | The Verge

The new Apple Maps are now available across the US and users seem to like them. | Geo Awesomeness

Cubic is launching in-app advertising and loyalty programs. | Mobile Payments Today

Share Now, the carsharing service owned by BMW and Daimler and more commonly known as Car2Go, is leaving the US market. | The Verge

Using GTFS data to analyze bus schedule deviation and on time performance in Calgary. | Saadiq Mohiuddin


Uber completes its acquisition of Middle East ridehailing startup Careem for $3.1 billion. | Uber

Travis Kalanick steps down from Uber’s board and offloads all of his remaining shares. | FT

The Information has a great piece on the latest happenings at Uber, including a number of challenges that they’re facing. Worth a read in its entirety. | The Information

Cities & Policy

An interview with Jeffrey Tumlin, the new head of the SFMTA. | Smarter Cars

An overview of cities’ experiments with on-demand shuttle services. | Wired

Following a trend in Europe, York is planning to become the UK’s first city to ban cars. | Sky

In case you haven’t heard, people are driving less and less: “Younger people are delaying getting their driver’s licenses and using them less than their predecessors. Drivers aged 16 to 19 drove 24% fewer miles in 2017 than did people of the same age in 2001, according to U.S. Transportation Department surveys. Those aged 20 to 34 drove 22% less.” | WSJ

NY’s governor has vetoed a piece of legislation that would have legalized scooters and e-bikes. Sigh. | NY Post