I got up early for scooter news. And bike/pedestrian talk too. @MplsChamber@twitter.com

Ash Narayanan of @OpenStreetsMPLS@twitter.com bragging about 58k people who turned out for Lyndale @OpenStreetsMPLS@twitter.com.

Lyft guy Miller Tuttle: "Our scooters are coming to Minneapolis in coming days."

Beth Shogren, Green Minneapolis. Creating more equitable, livable city as density increases. "We focus on activating green spaces," gathering spaces. Transportation, green space, housing. All of these are the components to make Minneapolis a thriving place.

Question from @MaryMorseMarti@twitter.com: in the old days we used to think a 150 lb person needed a 3500 pound car to get around the city. What role does micro mobility play in changing that?

Tuttle it's about filling in gaps. Bikes, scooters. The first and last mile. "Connecting people who otherwise wouldn't be able to connect to good public transportation."


40 percent of car trips are 2 miles or less, says Narayanan. That's an opportunity to get people using other modes. Driving and owning a car is an expensive hassle. But also about making an ethical choice about the climate.

Question about commuting as a pedestrian.

Shogren: we're seeing increased sidewalks and more greening. The City "got it" about 5 years ago and we'll see the benefits. "I think it's happening."

Narayanan: People who walk spend more often at local stores. Good for business. Walkability doesn't cost you that much upfront. Pedestrians don't put wear and tear on your infrastructure.

Open Streets shows the appetite for people oriented streets.

We need Minneapolis to be walkable year round. Rethink how we maintain pedestrian system. People get cut off and stuck at home in the winter.

Shogren: as a white person it's hard for her to see how parks aren't welcoming. But that can be the reality for people of color. That's what's she's heard from people.

Shogren: important to make sure as we make improvements in public spaces that lead to rising property values it doesn't lead to displacement.

Tuttle: in America we're overly obsessed with education and enforcement when it comes to street safety. It's really about changing the infrastructure, "the physical structure of our streets."

Narayanan: Transportation has historically been used to further racial segregation. The effects of neighborhood destruction, like with Rondo, has lasting effects. Pollution and traffic safety effects are still with us.

Narayanan: There's a perception that scooters are unsafe. That's not about the scooters, it's about infrastructure.

How do we allocate the public right of way to maximize the public good? Today we use it to maximize space for cars.

Tuttle of Lyft giving credit to @OurStreetsMpls@twitter.com for building political will for changes to bike and pedestrian infrastructure. Compares it to a donation to MPR, a collective good that's worth supporting.

Tuttle says people in this room (the Business Community) have a lot of power to drive these transportation changes. Safer, people oriented streets are good for business

Question from audience about availability of bike and scooter share. It's not always a reliable connection to transit.

Tuttle of Lyft: this whole industry is funded by hundreds of billions in venture capital. It's not sustainable. Some of these bike and scooter companies will go away. There has to be public investment to achieve an equitable system.

Audience Q: It's not hard to get bike people to join a bike advocacy group. How do we get people who drive cars to join the bike advocacy group? It's us vs. them.

Narayanan: "that's a great question. I wish I knew the answer."

Narayanan: "At the end of the day it's about building a better future for our children and grandchildren."

@MaryMorseMarti@twitter.com: "I'm getting old." She wants to be safe when she's not driving anymore.

Audience Q: Americans are increasingly large. How do you get obese people to ride bikes and scooters?

Shogren: there comes a tipping point. When it's easier, faster to get to work without a car, people will make the change.

Narayanan: lack of active transportation drives diabetes, cardiovascular disease, health problems. Infrastructure like bikes lanes make a difference.

Narayanan: it's not about making every trip without a car. It's about shifting some of those trips. It makes a difference with public health and climate change.

Tuttle: one highway intersection in Austin was a quarter of a billion dollars. The money exists for transportation and infrastructure. This is about priorities.

Audience: concern about lack of traffic safety enforcement. in Europe there's a presumption the driver is at fault when they hit someone.

Also suggests we call them "people lanes."

That's it from Northeast Minneapolis. As always, thank you to the Business Community for having me at another a wonderful event. @MplsChamber@twitter.com

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