The Last Mile: How Small Communities Can Capitalize on Scooter Sharing

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Electric scooters have exploded onto the sidewalks of major metropolis’ worldwide, from Chicago to Austin, to Barcelona, and even New York City. Scooter share programs have been largely dominated by transportation giants. But the scooter-sharing industry is seeing interest from small-businesses in minor municipalities, too.

On this episode of Segway’s The Last Mile, Gerri Moriarty, VP of business development at Segway Discovery, explains how small-town entrepreneurs are disrupting the scooter-share industry and instigating change to how this micro-transportation is managed.

When Segway Discovery first entered the e-transportation scene, it focused and capitalized upon the tourist market.

“I think the fundamental thing that drove those businesses was that people wanted a unique experience, and electric allowed a lot more territory to be covered,” Moriarty said.

Segway Discovery’s experience in this market has primed them to be an exceptional consulting company for electric transit. Today, that’s exactly what Segway Discovery does.

“We don’t want to become operators, we don’t want to run these programs ourselves, but we know that we can supply more than just hardware and help people to launch their businesses,” Moriarty said.

For small-town entrepreneurs who see a market for e-transportation in their community, Segway Discovery helps these businesses set up their fleet, app, and logistics while leaving the local intel to those who know it best.

As the climate warms and communities look for more sustainable forms of transportation, e-scooters are gaining ground in cities big and small.

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