Redesigning the Sidewalk at the Time of Micromobility 

Principal Investigator

Beth Ferguson

Description

UC Davis West Village has quickly become a hub for Jump e-bikes, which provide an inexpensive and quick way for West Village student residents and staff to travel to main campus. We will work to create synergies between our station and Jump bikes. For example, we will approach Jump about possibilities for allowing charging of Jump bikes at our station. Ultimately Jump bikes and similar programs will be encouraged to use solar charging. With the emerging popularity of free-floating electric bike and scooter share systems such as Jump, Lime, and Bird, there is potential to reduce car usage among UC Davis students and staff and in urban areas. E-bikes and e-scooters are more sustainable alternatives to cars, particularly if powered by renewable energy, which will be provided by our proposed station. They are also much cheaper and easier to park. A Bird scooter ride is $1. It is $9 to park your car on campus. Future vehicle design; Electrification of future mobility systems; Mobility as a Service (MaaS), integration with public transportation and mobility subscription models;, Micromobility services, e.g. bikesharing, electric-scooter sharing, and active transportation; Environmental/equity/social justice of future mobility; Sustainable transportation and 3 Revolutions; As micro mobility grows in popularity, there is an exciting future for adaptable green infrastructure and regenerative placemaking that will meet the needs of different urban climates, terrains and communities.
As multi modal transit grows in popularity, there is an exciting opportunity to reDesign the sidewalk to help people seamless move through the city. This project will pilot solar charging infrastructure for micromobility. Specifically, the installation of a solar charging station at UC Davis West Village. There are currently over 2000 students living at West Village and a new housing development soon underway is estimated to bring the total to 5,500 by Fall 2020. Students also take classes and work at research centers in West Village.
This free-standing solar shade structure will include three solar panels (600 watts) and a 1500 watt inverter. New batteries will extend the charging capacity on cloudy days and into the night with vibrant LED lighting, standard outlets, and USB ports. With plenty of solar panels and free WiFi, the station can function as a solar laboratory. It will provide space and amenities for UCD community members to gather in the shade while recharging their laptops, phones and electric bicycle, scooter, or skateboard via USB ports and standard electrical outlets. There will be seating and standard outlets for up to four users who can socialize and/or work, with designated outlets for two e-bike or e-scooter to charge at a time.

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