Some Quotes, Odd & Not
“We wanted to ensure that all people—not just the 20 percent of our city residents who don’t own cars—had access to a variety of transportation options across the city, especially those living in neighborhoods with limited transit access." ”Pittsburgh Launches First U.S.-Based Mobility-as-a-Service Initiative" National Center for Mobility Management.
"An electric car is "still a multi-ton vehicle that requires a lot of money and resources from all over the world to produce," notes Lolly Walsh. Walsh, a staffer for advocacy group BikePittsburgh, speaks as part of the loose-knit international Car Free Network. "If we just develop a different type of car ... it's just going to push back any change that we need to make." "Who (Re)Built the Electric Car?" Pittsburgh City Paper.
“I talk to people all the time who are riding and parking scooters in Pittsburgh, and even though there are a few loud critics on social media, I’ve heard such enthusiastic support and appreciation from everyone I’ve met. People repeatedly tell me they are fun, in addition to being convenient. I have long been interested in making transportation fun, in part because it makes people more likely to use it again even if they have other options. Personally, knowing that scooters are an option I can rely on and find easily at any time has been a massive stress relief. And that is a sentiment I’ve heard echoed by many people in this city,” said Lolly Walsh, Move PGH Program Director, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. "E-scooter Benefits Lead to Better Mental Health And Wellbeing for Riders, New Spin Ridership Study Finds," Spin blog & in the Spin Ridership Study.
"The past week we have been … dealing with various concerns of residents and just working to ensure that people have the knowledge to both ride safely and carefully and considerately, and also to park the scooters in a way that doesn’t obstruct the sidewalk or make anything more complicated for the rest of the users of our city streets,” Walsh says. "As far as we’ve heard from all these other companies, nothing like [a scooter corral] exists,” Walsh says. “Multiple cities have very little interaction with the actual city government to define how these should be deployed, and Pittsburgh has approached this in a completely different way.”). "Here’s How Pittsburgh Is Handling the “Growing Pains” of Spin Scooters," Pittsburgh Magazine.
“There was an ever-increasing [number of services] but they were siloed and competing for the same customers,” said Lolly Walsh, former director of Move PGH. Working together under the city’s Move PGH initiative, the companies were able to integrate their offerings and remove some of the friction usually associated with accessing multiple transportation options. "The Green Standard" Parking & Mobility Magazine.
"Biking Advocate Lolly Walsh fondly recalls the first time she rode in a separated bike lane. "I had a giant swoon and immediately all my worries about somebody coming up behind me were gone. It's amazing how many worries it takes off your shoulders.": "Safety Concerns Keep Many from Biking to Work" WESA, Pittsburgh's NPR station.