Penn Avenue bike lanes. Photo courtesy of PeopleForBikes.

The Atlantic’s urban design-focused publication CityLab is praising the innovation seen at Pittsburgh’s 2018 Mobiliti conference and the establishment of the new Pittsburgh Micromobility Collective, which aims to “create all-in-one mobility hubs near transit stops, to compete with Uber and Lyft and help commuters go car-free,” writes Laura Bliss.

The Pittsburgh Micromobility Collective was created in response to a request for proposals put out by Karina Ricks, director of the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure.

“Led by the dockless bike and scooter startup Spin, the group also includes Zipcar, Ford Mobility, Waze, the scooter parking solution Swiftmile and the Transit app,” CityLab explains.

“In other cities and other contexts, these companies might be competitors — Zipcar vying for the same trips as Spin; Ford vying for the same trip data as Waze,” CityLab writes. “But each player also recognizes that not all customers are a fit for every mode, said Ben Bear, chief business officer at Spin. And in this case, they’re aligned around at least one common goal: reducing the 56 percent of commuters in Pittsburgh who drive alone.”

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Melissa Rayworth

Kidsburgh Editor Melissa Rayworth specializes in stories about culture, gender, design and parenting. She has written for a variety of outlets in the U.S. and Asia, and is a frequent contributor to The...