It is valuable starting with a note that I am extremely risk-averse, and therefore… not an interesting thing. When a subsidiary of Ford micromobility Turn First launched a fleet of electric motorcycles in my hometown of Pittsburgh last summer, my immediate instinct is to be very old-in-the-cloud.
Youth take over the streets and sidewalks, racing around downtown and the North Shore on orange scooters. In the hilly parts of the city – in case you don’t know anything about Pittsburgh, it’s most of the city – they are a fixed threat, abandoned on sidewalks, under bridges and between alleys.
I abbreviated Spin scooters as a corollary of city life and vowed to avoid curses. Around the same time, two things happened: I started editing a lot Rebecca BellanTechCrunch contributions, and I started dating a guy who swears scooters are fun.
The founders of the micromobility startup made much of the good argument why electric scooters and bicycles make sense. First of all, they are not cars, which is great for improving air quality and improving rush hour traffic. They can help with the “last mile problem” – getting people from the last stop on the subway or bus to their home or work. They are, in theory, more affordable than owning a car or even hailing a cab or Uber, solving the obvious problem. stock issue for low-income individuals.
I didn’t buy it – they hit me as dangerous, rickety and unsustainable on many levels. Venture capitalists disagree, pouring millions into things like Bird and Green lemon.
If you’ve read TechCrunch, you know what happens next.