The rise of electric scooters in cities such as Los Angeles and San Francisco has led to no small amount of debate and angry community board meetings, but it seems safe to say that the mobility toothpaste has already been squeezed out of that transportation tube. The promise of cheap, easily available, motorized personal transportation is too alluring to be legislated out of existence.
So cities will have to design their way toward a solution. This is no small task, as more than a century of urban design championed the car above all else, leading to public spaces where the majority of the space is devoted to private vehicles. This has meant that most cities find themselves in an awkward phase: designed for one form of transportation, but increasingly serving as a stage for newer, unexpected forms of mobility.