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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 by Elizabeth Pagano
For those in need of some real, concrete data on the scooterification of Austin, the city’s Transportation Department has you covered. On Monday, city officials announced that, “In the spirit of transparency and collaboration, Austin Transportation has published open data and reporting tools that lay out citywide usage of dockless mobility, including bicycles and scooters. This data is anonymous and streamlined using data standards shared by leading American cities.” The open data and reporting tools include information on how many dockless vehicle trips have been taken (more than 2 million at the time of publication) and an interactive tool that shows where trips begin and end. The city also has a new “Dockless Reporting Dashboard” that summarizes monthly statistics about trips. A press release explains: “Licensed dockless mobility operators are required to provide the city with real-time trip reporting feeds. These feeds are informed by the Mobility Data Specification, an emerging data standard for dockless trip reporting. The standard, which can be adopted in whole or in part, was initiated by the city of Los Angeles with contributions from the cities of Santa Monica, San Francisco, Seattle, Austin and others.” You can submit feedback on these data reporting tools to email@example.com.