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How escooter firms Dott, Lime, and Tier got to stay in Paris

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Winning what some called the “world’s biggest e-scooter tender,” the electric scooter players Lime, Dott, and Tier were selected on July 23, 2020 as the three operators authorized to remain in the city of Paris for the next two years. In a metropolis that became quintessential of the ‘trottinette takeover,’ — at one point flooded by more than 20,000 e-scooters from over a dozen companies — this highly competitive Request For Proposal (RFP) represents the growing trend of cities adopting stricter regulations to more firmly control the implementation of free-floating and micromobility solutions on their streets.

The winning operators were ultimately selected according to three key criteria: environmental responsibility, user safety, and operations management, maintenance, and charging. As other European cities follow suit with RFPs that are judging respondents on very similar measures, here is a look at the importance of each criterion as well as a first-hand account from Lime, Dott, and Tier on why their bids stood out from those of the competition.

David Belliard, Nicolas Gorse (Dott), Sylvain Martin (TIER) and Garance Lefèvre (Lime). LP/ Sebastian Compagnon

Environmental responsibility

With a 40% weight in the decision, operators’ measures to implement sustainable and environmentally responsible business practices was the most important factor in the Paris tender’s final selection. While, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, emissions from electric scooters can be up to 20 times lower than those of an electric car and several hundred times lower than those of an internal combustion engine (ICE) car, emissions associated with scooter manufacturing and lifetimes, charging, and collection/redistribution can significantly alter the overall reduction in emissions that electric scooters can offer. “Like any object produced, the scooter has an ecological cost. This new industry has to continually strive for improvements, and this is why we work every day to reduce the carbon footprint of our machines and our business” says Nicolas Gorse, General Manager of Dott France.

[Read: The UK really wants escooters — but needs lots of rules because people are reckless]

For the winners of the Paris tender, each expressed that environmental responsibility was fundamental to their mission and success. Out of these three operators, all have implemented 100% electric fleets for operations and maintenance, swappable batteries for all new scooter models, and various programs such as Tier’s MyTier, Dott’s commitment to reusing or recycling all possible parts, or Lime’s participation in the CarbonNeutral Protocol. For Garance Lefevre, Director of Public Policy France & Benelux for Lime, “Sustainability cannot just be used as a marketing tool to win RFPs. It must be why an operator is in business and core to their vision.” The next big step should be for all operators to supply 100% of their operations with renewable energy.

User safety

According to a study conducted by the University of California – San Francisco, researchers found that the number of scooter-related injuries and hospitalizations had increased by over 200% in the United States between the years 2014 – 2018. While the International Transport Forum concluded that e-scooters were no more dangerous than cycles (and in fact a trip by a car or motorcycle in a dense urban setting was more likely to result in a fatality), there were recommendations to implement stronger regulations at the city, manufacturing, and operating levels. For the three winning Paris operators, riders’ physical safety must be managed on two levels: scooter hardware and public education. Following safety-by-design principles, specifications like suspension systems, wider decks that optimize gravity, and, in Tier’s case, even the new provision of a helmet box, these stand out as important factors that help to prioritize user safety on the vehicle itself.

In addition, each operator has taken initiatives to educate their riders on safe riding behavior and practices, whether through their online app, establishing a safety advisory board, or regular onsite demos and training. In terms of what cities are looking for, “The criteria are sometimes different from one city to another, but for us, sustainability and safety are the most important criteria” says Gorse. Additional criteria regarding user safety included data protection and insurance, of which each operator has implemented measures for both.

Operations management, maintenance, and charging

Finally, when looking at operations management, maintenance, and charging of their fleets, a strong focus was placed on the equitable geographical distribution of e-scooters throughout Paris. This principle will be closely connected to the capacity of staff and operations, and the winners were judged on their ability to manage the maintenance, removal, and stationing of e-scooters in designated public areas effectively. For Alexandre Souter, General Director, France for Tier, this means that “Our operations are effective because they are done totally internally. This means we can quickly collect our damaged scooters everyday so they can be fixed and deployed within 48 hours.” For Lime and Dott, using skilled, in-house professional teams is also essential for achieving operational excellence and meeting social responsibility expectations. On why he thinks operations must not be overlooked, Souter explains, “Operational excellence is a key factor in being successful. We work everyday to improve our daily management, to collect our damaged scooters faster, to respect the public space. Our mission is to offer more sustainable mobility, and it truly starts at the operations level.”

Ultimately, when asked to give advice to other mobility companies working towards highly competitive RFPs, the winning operator’s responses were concise but powerful. The final word? Walk the talk, work in total transparency with communities, and address top concerns with a tailored, highly localized proposal that shows cities you are a partner with which they can trust and work within the long-run.

This article was written by Rebecca Sands on The Urban Mobility Daily, the content site of the Urban Mobility Company, a Paris-based company which is moving the business of mobility forward through physical and virtual events and services. Join their community of 10K+ global mobility professionals by signing up for the Urban Mobility Weekly newsletter. Read the original article here and follow them on Linkedin and Twitter.


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Published October 6, 2020 — 08:42 UTC

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How Buenos Aires boosted gender equality — by getting women on bikes

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The pandemic has given us the chance to rethink which type of city we would like to live in. The restrictions imposed by the virus have challenged us and forced us to rethink mobility schemes which were previously unthinkable. It has also given us the opportunity to revisit and revise the process we had already begun. In this back and forth, we have further strengthened our conviction to accelerate transformations and policies that have been put in place in the last few years, in order to create a city that offers equal access to opportunities, just as we have always imagined.

In this way, over the last few weeks, the avenues Corrientes and Córdoba have given way to bicycles. We have transformed the two most emblematic streets in the city and have created a new safe space of coexistence for all, without the need of users having to interpose or invade other actors’ lanes. On a daily basis, bicycles have begun to flood the cycle lanes and the results have been immediate; bicycle trips have increased 44% in these avenues since the incorporation of this infrastructure.

The first surveys carried out highlighted an interesting data point which strengthened that this is a phenomenon, sustained and continuous over the last ten years, which continues to evolve with the extension of the cycle lanes. In less than a month the number of women cycling in the avenues Corrientes and Cordoba has doubled, going from 8% to 19%.

Historically the bicycle represents, for women on a global scale, a symbol of freedom – and this increase demonstrates that this change should be promoted and expanded upon.

We are convinced that, in order to create a more equal society for women and other gender identities, we must create safe spaces where people can feel free, autonomous and independent; so that the city does not pose barriers or obstacles. Safe spaces realized so that citizens do not have to think about what to wear before leaving their homes and going out onto the street, making longer trips to reach their destination or avoid certain areas, spending more money, or deciding not to travel because it is nighttime.

When a public policy is conceptualized, whichever one it may be, it is essential to understand the difference that exists in the perception, use and necessities of transport between men and women and the role that mobility plays in their daily life. We know that women experience and move throughout the city in a different way than men. Specifically, in the city of Buenos Aires, their trips are linked to caretaking and they are principally made on public transport and by foot. We also know that the pandemic has highlighted many of these inequalities, which has been reflected in the increase in the number of gender violence cases or the burden carried in regards to caretaking in this context of isolation.

We want women to feel that the city is their own and that they do not need to plan their movements due to any symbolic nor physical barrier.

Within this strategy, last year we presented the first Gender and Mobility Plan in the city, which treated the gender inequality in the transport and mobility environment, not just in planning but also employment inclusion, mobility data and awareness of gender problematics, such as street harassment.

Inequality in relation to mobility and access to public transport implies less access to other rights, and the exit of the pandemic must be made in such a way that offers more opportunities for all. The journey is long but our public policies are transversal and we are focusing on removing the mobility gender barrier.

This article was written by Juanjo Mendez, Secretary of Transportation and Public Works, Government of the City of Buenos Aires, on The Urban Mobility Daily, the content site of the Urban Mobility Company, a Paris-based company which is moving the business of mobility forward through physical and virtual events and services. Join their community of 10K+ global mobility professionals by signing up for the Urban Mobility Weekly newsletter. Read the original article here and follow them on Linkedin and Twitter.


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Published October 25, 2020 — 14:00 UTC

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Avoid work from home burn out with this highly rated meditation app, now over half off

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TLDR: With the Omvana Meditation app, users get help beyond calming anxiety to actually prompt real growth and improved results in your daily life.

Most meditation courses and programs have the same basic purpose: to help you relax, center and find peace. Those are, of course, all very important, very worthwhile goals. However, if you’re going to put in the often significant time investment to meditate and focus and attempt to tap into your innermost self, then it might be worth getting even more out of the effort than some momentary calm.

With the Omvana meditation app, their goal isn’t to get users better at meditation, but to get them better at navigating life. Right now, access to one year of their Omvana meditation services are available at almost 60 percent off its regular price, only $24.99 from TNW Deals.

While Omvana can certainly help anyone alleviate stress, calm anxiety and boost focus, their offerings through working with the world’s best personal growth teachers aim even higher, attempting to help you achieve more in life and actually raise your performance level personally, and professionally as well as metaphysically.

The Omvana app is home to a massive, ever-growing library of powerful meditations delivered by world-class instructors. Whether you want to lower your stress, get better sleep, or create better focus, users can find a meditation keyed to their specific need.

From stress management to healing to attracting abundance to visualizing your ideal future and more, these teachings are led by top-flight instructors renowned for their techniques stimulating personal growth, instructors like Marisa Peer, Lisa Nichols, Bob Proctor, Michael Beckwith, Vishen Lakhiani, and more.

Whether you’re a seasoned meditator or just getting started, Omvana brings these hundreds of beautifully crafted tracks to users of all levels, in everything from bite-sized sessions for busy people, to contemplative deep dives into the subconscious for more advanced users.

These guided meditations can also be mixed with your choice of ambient music and other tracks to help you better transcend into higher levels of consciousness. One of 2019’s best meditation app award winners from editors at Healthline, Omvana can help you master your productivity, create a clarity of vision, boost your confidence and self-esteem and basically made you into a happier, healthier you.

Regularly $59, a one-year subscription to the Omvana Meditation app is now 58 percent off, down to just $24.99 while this offer lasts. You can also get a lifetime subscription for only $99.99. 

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Original Content podcast: ‘Lovecraft Country’ is gloriously bonkers

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As we tried to recap the first season of HBO’s “Lovecraft Country,” one thing became clear: The show is pretty nuts.

The story begins by sending Atticus “Tic” Freeman (Jonathan Majors), his friend Leti Lewis (Jurnee Smolett) and his uncle George (Courtney B. Vance) on a road trip across mid-’50s America in search of Tic’s missing father. You might assume that the search will occupy the entire season, or take even longer than that; instead, the initial storyline is wrapped up quickly.

And while there’s a story running through the whole season, most of the episodes are relatively self-contained, offering their own versions on various horror and science fiction tropes. There’s a haunted house episode, an Indiana Jones episode, a time travel episode and more.

The show isn’t perfect — the writing can be clunky, the special effects cheesy and cheap-looking. But at its best, it does an impressive job of mixing increasingly outlandish plots, creepy monsters (with plentiful gore) and a healthy dose of politics.

After all, “Lovecraft Country” (adapted form a book by Matt Ruff) is named after notoriously racist horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, but it focuses almost entirely on Black characters, making the case that old genres can be reinvigorated with diverse casts and a rethinking of political assumptions.

In addition to reviewing the show, the latest episode of the Original Content podcast also includes a discussion of Netflix earnings, the new season of “The Bachelorette” and the end of Quibi.

You can listen in the player below, subscribe using Apple Podcasts or find us in your podcast player of choice. If you like the show, please let us know by leaving a review on Apple. You can also follow us on Twitter or send us feedback directly. (Or suggest shows and movies for us to review!)

And if you’d like to skip ahead, here’s how the episode breaks down:
0:00 Intro
0:36 Netflix discussion
3:18 “The Bachelorette”
6:30 Quibi
14:35 “Lovecraft Country” review
31:32 “Lovecraft Country” spoiler discussion

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