As many of you know, I am “into” bike/ped issues and I am following the evolution of dockless bike share and scooter sharing with great interest.
In that vein, this trip has turned into more of a pursuit of state capitols and governor’s mansions than visiting Civil Rights landmarks, so I have seen, first hand, the sort of bike/ped infrastructure in the major cities of states through the southeast.
Raleigh, NC was awash in eScooters and bikes from Lime and Bird. While they weren’t neatly lined up in docks and lots of people were riding on the sidewalks, there was not the chaos, blockage or maimed bodies everywhere that the media would have you believe.
I have not ridden my scooter yet on this trip because when I get done driving for hours, I want to go for a walk. Nonetheless, I have been impressed by the bike/ped infrastructure in most cities, as well as the number of people out riding or walking. Just 5 years ago you would not have seen this much. Even little ol’ Rock Hill, SC had several cyclists out.