In episode 3 of the Market Urbanism podcast, we talk about the rise of alternative transit solutions – and how the government is cracking down on them. In segment 1, we speak with David Whitehead, a housing and transportation writer for Greater Greater Washington, a Yimby blog based in DC. In segment 2, we interview David London, the government relations executive for the bikeshare company ofo.
1:14 Scott Beyer starts his editorial speculating on why governments would be cracking down on scooters, bikeshare, etc.
4:10 Antonio Grana asks why alternative transit can’t use right-of-way (ROW) the same way cars do
6:35 Beyer presents a thought experiment: what if we had a market-based process for selling ROW?
7:24 Martha Ekdahl notes that having designated drop-off zones – for Uber, Fedex, etc. – would get support from the bike community.
8:05 Grana says that Hoboken is now experimenting with these drop-off zones.
9:56 Beyer starts interview with David Whitehead of Greater Greater Washington
13:08 Beyer asks Whitehead “what would 20,000 dockless bikes or scooters look like in DC?”
17:17 Sergio Rodrigues asks Whitehead about the equity component behind dockless bikeshare
18:31 Grana asks Whitehead about the ROW concerns with dockless bikeshare
20:48 Beyer asks Whitehead what would be a market-based system for managing ROW
21:42 Bill Steigerwald calls from Pittsburgh to ask Whitehead about the role of Uber in solving transportation
23:40 Beyer asks Whitehead about DC’s scooter regulations
26:10 beginning of interview with David London, government relations exec for ofo
28:17 Beyer asks London if ofo got kicked out of DC, or left voluntarily
30:14 Grana asks London whether he thinks the bikeshare industry should be opened to market competition
31:25 Ekdahl asks London what political allies ofo has sought out
33:30 Rodrigues ask London about dock-based vs. dockless systems, especially in regards to equity
34:48 London says NYC is an example of city taking a more open approach to bikeshare
35:59 Beyer asks if there’s one type of bikeshare regulation that is worse than the others
41:29 Grana asks London where the industry will be in 10 years
43:38 hosts respond to interviews with London, Whitehead