The more cities encourage environmentally friendly modes of transportation like bike-share programs, the more data streams they have to manage. Lacuna wants to make it easy for cities to understand where all the bikes and scooters are and if they’re following the law.

As cities aim to grow more hospitable to fuel-efficient forms of transportation, allowing the proliferation of scooter and bicycle share programs, they have to grapple with how these mobility options fit into their current infrastructure. Cities often demand these companies serve neighborhoods equitably (or don’t serve neighborhoods at all) but can have a hard time enforcing these rules once the companies are operating. There are also problems with blocked sidewalks: In Seattle, where bike-share programs are especially popular, dockless bikes have also drawn complaints about overrun sidewalks (and proved the perfect prey for vandals). Meanwhile, cities across the U.S. have experienced spikes in scooter-related hospital visits, and tangles of scooters obstructing urban sidewalks have provoked a backlash. Dealing with these programs is costly for cities, where officials also have to contend with the ire scattered bicycles and scooters provoke from residents.

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