The new normality poses new challenges in all areas, including micro-mobility where innovation is on the agenda.
Thus, governments as well as large, medium and small companies are working to give a twist to this new way of moving around the city.
Bicycles and scooters are already part of today's urban environment. Even more so in this new normality in which social distance prevails as a safety measure against COVID-19. For this reason, the use of alternative means of transport has increased in many cities around the world.
Innovation in micro-mobility
Innovation is a key point in all areas surrounding micro-mobility, The advances and new developments in bicycles and scooters are not only relevant to the drivers themselves but also to the companies and governments that are promoting this new mobility, more environmentally friendly and, therefore, better for our health.
The new urban micro-mobility presents us with two alternatives. On the one hand, ownership and on the other, sharing options. That is, either using our own bike or scooter or using shared alternatives such as those offered by both private companies (e.g. Lime, Dott, Bolt, Voi and Bird) and governments (e.g. Santander Cycles in London, Vélib’ in Paris or Valenbisi in Valencia).
One of the most worrying issues in terms of shared urban micro-mobility is the possibility of generating new sources of contagion from COVID-19 by using shared bicycles and scooters. As Michele Kyrouz, lawyer and expert in transport technology, explains, there is no difference, in terms of contagion possibilities, between taking a shopping cart in the supermarket and a scooter.
Safety in micro-mobility
Health safety is not the only concern in the face of this post-pandemic. Many governments have long struggled to put their citizens at the centre of the road and public scene. For some time now, many governments have been striving to do exactly that, whether by investing in infrastructure improvements or by implementing regulations in which the conventional vehicle loses privileges in favour of these newer and eco-friendlier modalities.
But, as riders, we have to do our part. Did you know that only 47% of scooter owners use helmets when travelling and that this figure drops to 7% for those who use shared scooters?
The use of a helmet is essential to minimise damage in the event of an accident. And even more so at night, as visibility is reduced by as much as 20%.
At Closca we look after your safety and, to this end, we have designed not only the first folding helmet in the market, but also a helmet that increases your visibility at night.
Closca Helmet Loop Reflective PEARL: safety, comfort and style
Your safety is guaranteed with the Closca Helmet Loop Reflective now also available in Pearl. Thanks to its microprisms it reflects the light from cars without glare, increasing your visibility and safety on your night-time trips. During the day you maintain the elegance and style and at night you add the extra safety. Plus, with its patented folding system, it reduces its size by 45%, so you can carry it anywhere in your bag or backpack.