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In a remarkable display of insensitivity, Andrew Constance, NSW’s Transport Minister has resorted to victim-blaming after a spate of delivery rider deaths in Sydney.

By Stephen Coulter, Co-Founder of Zipidi Micromobility

The Guardian reports… The minister told reporters on Tuesday morning that food delivery companies needed to provide more reflective equipment, but that riders themselves had “a degree of self-responsibility” to “make sure that they are highly visible”.

The minister also said while the circumstances of each crash were different, “generally I think we would all acknowledge that they are getting around the city typically in the night hours”.

Richards said there was no evidence that any of the riders who died were not wearing enough reflective or visible clothing.

The most recent fatal crashes in Sydney occurred at 11. am and 6.40 pm respectively in broad daylight.

Scooter rider in Sydney blending in with other mobility

By Stephen Coulter and Krystyna Weston
Founders of Zipidi Micromobility Solutions and Convenors of the Asia Pacific Micromobility Alliance

Transport for NSW’s “Smart Innovation” Centre’s electric scooter advisory group has recommended against any permitted use of electric scooters in New South Wales. In the 18 months, the group has been fiddling, thousands of electric scooters, skateboards and unicycles have been bought and used in Sydney by citizens wanting sustainable, safe transport for short journeys.

Australia’s largest city will need to wait months, if not years, to have legalised electric scooters and other forms of electric mobility. While tens of thousands of electric scooters, skateboards, uniwheels, balance boards and more have been legally sold in NSW, they are illegal to use in public spaces. …

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Sydney’s most reliable and loved form of Public Transport is at risk of being the victim of uninformed politicians and bureaucrats.

By Stephen Coulter, Mobility Expert and Manly Resident

Why is New South Wale’s Minister for Transport so determined to rid Sydney of the iconic Manly Ferry?

The recent announcement by Andrew Constance to replace the iconic Manly Freshwater Class Ferry with the much smaller Emerald Class ferries beggars belief and warrants detailed investigation.

The Sydney Morning Herald on October 9 reported “Mr Constance said the Freshwater-class ferries were costly to maintain and “their time has come”.
“[The Freshwater-class is] at the end of its life after 40 years and we are running a modern-class ferry fleet,”. Mr Constance proposes fast Emerald Class ferries making the journey in 22 minutes compared to 30 minutes on the “slow ferry”. …

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The rapid growth of new eMobility vehicles is creating quality, regulatory and compliance issues. A solution is emerging to ensure safety, quality and authentic vehicles.

By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston

eScooters, eBikes and new forms of eMobility are evolving and innovating rapidly:

  • New form factors
  • One, two, three or four wheels
  • Seats, no seats
  • Small wheels, large wheels
  • Speed limited, unlimited speed

…and more.

Governments are struggling to keep up — most laws were written for bikes — maybe eBikes at best. Few countries have consistent laws covering all forms of eMobility. Even worse, in many countries, each State or Province may have different laws.

Complicating this further are cheap copy models, inferior components — some dangerous — and aftermarket modifications of bikes and scooters to get around manufacturing laws and limits! …

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The Rapidly Growing Form of Sustainable Transport for Local Government & Micro Logistics

By Stephen Coulter, Zipidi Smart Micromobility Solutions

Cargo bikes are the “sleeper” in e-mobility. While they have been around in various forms for many years — often a sustainable transport mode for parents and children - their electrification has opened up many use cases.

Over 40,000 were sold in Germany in the last 12 months — more than the number of electric cars!

Worldwide sales are rapidly growing from their 1 million+ level to many millions per year. As cities focus on reallocating road space to bikes, pedestrians and communities, e-cargo bikes are an ideal sustainable and silent means to support short distance micro logistics — typically up to 5 km. …

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Low bridges are risking passengers’ heads on new Sydney ferries.

Sydney’s newest ferries risk decapitating passengers on low bridges.

By Stephen Coulter, Zipidi Micromobility Insurance & Payments

One of my favourite childhood memories is spending weekends at Point Lonsdale in Victoria with my grandparents. Pop would drive us down the Geelong Road, and as we approached each of the seven bridges, which crossed Melbourne’s first “freeway”, he would say “Bob your Nod”.

“Bob your Nod” so you don’t bump your head on the low bridge!

I was reminded of this when NSW Transport Minister, Andrew Constance, was defending Transport for NSW’s new ferries which are too high for passengers on the upper deck to stay there when the ferry goes under some of the bridges on Sydney’s Parramatta River. …

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Picture Alliance via Getty Images — temporary micromobility lane in Berlin

Coronavirus is the perfect time for cities to test prioritising transport to pedestrians, cyclists, scooters and other forms of micromobility.

By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston #flattenthecurb

Curbs are a metaphor for the many barriers cities have put in place to more equitable transport facilities and vehicles. The most significant barrier has been the constant reallocation of public space to roadways and parking, which has been happening for around 100 years.

Coronavirus has seen car use drop dramatically — back to 1950’s levels in the UK. It is the perfect time to reallocate road space to other users — some of the reallocation will become permanent. …

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When Testing Positive is Good

By Stephen Coulter & Krystyna Weston

Many cities around the world are using the coronavirus-driven reduction in transport as an opportunity to test alternative modes and reallocation of urban space. Many of these tests will be positive and provide sustained benefits once the crisis is over.

Here are links to some of the articles we’ve been following detailing the changes. We will continue to update these articles. Please follow us on Medium to stay informed.

Early research as China emerges from coronavirus shows an unwelcome return of privately owned cars to much higher levels of use than before coronavirus. This is the worst possible outcome. We believe industry, government and communities need to work together to provide encouragement and incentives for citizens to use bikes, scooters and other micromobility more instead of relying on cars. …

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Cartoon by Buddy Ross, on Instagram

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Sarah Pardoe —From Abbey Road to Live at Addison Road

After recording at London’s Abbey Road, English singer/songwriter is performing live online every Sunday from Manly’s Addison Road.

The entertainment industry has been hit particularly hard by the coronavirus. Live audience performances are no longer possible. Without concerts, festivals, gigs, pub nights, corporate events or even busking, it’s hard to stay afloat.

Manly resident, Sarah Pardoe is one of the artists going online and streaming a live performance every Sunday to her fans. Her first session was on April 5 and was a fabulous 2-hour set of acoustic hits. …


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