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by bspecht
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:26 pm
Forum: General Kansas City
Topic: Google Maps just did another satellite view update for KC
Replies: 11
Views: 1196

Re: Google Maps just did another satellite view update for KC

Looks like the satellite update is from a Saturday morning about ~10am. Swaths of empty parking in Crossroads, while River Market surface parking is near capacity.
by bspecht
Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:21 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

"The City has signed an interim operating agreement with @BirdRide, a company that rents electric scooters. People should follow bicycle rules while riding these scooters. Ride in the streets, or in bike lanes where available. Do not ride on sidewalks." https://twitter.com/KCMO/status/10243816816403...
by bspecht
Wed Jul 18, 2018 3:33 pm
Forum: Downtown
Topic: On-going downtown development projects
Replies: 344
Views: 72512

Re: On-going downtown development projects

I just wanted to keep an updated sticky for on-going development projects in downtown KC (let's define that loosely as the River Market-Crossroads-Plaza Corridor). I would like to continually update this. I would like to keep this to concrete proposals (even if they don't come to fruition) rather t...
by bspecht
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:43 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: New transportation technologies
Replies: 159
Views: 19200

Re: New transportation technologies

A $225 GPS spoofer can send autonomous vehicles into oncoming traffic https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2018/07/a-225-gps-spoofer-can-send-autonomous-vehicles-into-oncoming-traffic/ Satnav is basic level "guidance" system for an autonomous vehicle, behind things like LIDAR – a public v...
by bspecht
Tue Jul 17, 2018 4:03 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Lime started in DC as 100% bike (400 vehicle limit), but has switched at least 95% of them over to scooters.
by bspecht
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:19 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

It's Day 2 – let's give both Bird & users some time. They have an infinite number of scooters they can deploy, if demand dictates.
by bspecht
Thu Jul 12, 2018 10:17 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

FYI Lime scooters operate later hours + larger battery than Birds.
by bspecht
Wed Jul 11, 2018 4:34 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Those are unenforced Bird rules, so far as I know – vehicles are same in every city. KCMO has made zero public guidance for these – given the vehicles blur a line within current regulations. __ Yeah, that's what I was implying. If profitable, wouldn't be surprising if Bcycle buys them. Maybe – don't...
by bspecht
Wed Jul 11, 2018 3:53 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

earthling wrote:Looks like they are spreading outside of downtown a bit - one currently in KCK and 4 E of Costco. Appears to be Bcycle office and they are nearly fully charged. Is Bcycle collaborating?
Maybe they signed up to be Chargers? ;-)
by bspecht
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:44 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Excited for KC to have these! They'll spread out soon enough. Such incredible city-condensing devices, that are just getting started. More discussion from the past month here: http://kcrag.com/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=20572 Spechter what do you make of the price? Seems to add up rather quickly. Can – de...
by bspecht
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:38 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: Bird Scooters Have Landed

Excited for KC to have these! They'll spread out soon enough. Such incredible city-condensing devices, that are just getting started.

More discussion from the past month here: viewtopic.php?f=9&t=20572
by bspecht
Wed Jul 11, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: e-Scooter Share

Locations & ETA comparison are now available for Birds in Transit app: https://transitapp.com
by bspecht
Tue Jul 10, 2018 2:21 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: e-Scooter Share

The only valid complaint I've come across is people going too fast down sidewalks with pedestrians. All companies educate riders on this, but it's much more a city infrastructure issue than the companies doing anything wrong.
by bspecht
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: e-Scooter Share

Barrier to entry keeps getting lower.

Uber Will Rent Scooters Through Its App in Partnership With Lime
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -with-lime
by bspecht
Fri Jul 06, 2018 12:54 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KC Bike share
Replies: 469
Views: 50181

Re: KC Bike share

More carriers always eats into profits unless the new carrier brings increased demand by having a differentiated product. I don't think dockless vs. location based brings that differentiation. So, profits per carrier will fall and will be covered by "more efficient" operations, i.e. less frequent m...
by bspecht
Fri Jul 06, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KC Bike share
Replies: 469
Views: 50181

Re: KC Bike share

This is the bigger issue for me. I know that competition will lower costs and, perhaps, increase access, but I think it will also dilute the product. Right now, our bike share system seems very well run, clean, maintained, and growing. I’m worried competition will cheapen the product. Bikes will pi...
by bspecht
Thu Jul 05, 2018 4:26 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: KC Bike share
Replies: 469
Views: 50181

Re: KC Bike share

What cities are 'a mess' with them? I've seen these in many cities, and that's just what change-fearing NIMBYs claim.

This will all play out over the next few years, as demand and use cases are further understood – companies will continue to refine & users will come out on top.
by bspecht
Mon Jul 02, 2018 3:20 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: e-Scooter Share

Get ready. Lime is looking for an Operations Manager in KC.
by bspecht
Wed Jun 27, 2018 5:31 pm
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: e-Scooter Share

by bspecht
Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:15 am
Forum: Kansas City Transportation
Topic: Bird Scooters Have Landed
Replies: 392
Views: 9506

Re: e-Scooter Share

Scooters are in Memphis, Milwaukee, St. Louis, San Antonio, etc... There's no reason Kansas City can't have them now.

A lot of people were questioning dockless before winter in DC – nothing notable happened, if weather got too bad they were taken off the streets.