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Access for Active Modes

Encouragement of non automobile use to/from and within the airport is important to minimizing traffic and enhancing air quality. While many airports are located within walking distance of airport office parks and employee housing, many airports cannot be accessed by pedestrians and bicyclists. The advent of new technologies like e-scooters and e-bikes is proving very popular in cities and would seem to extend threshold travel distances for these modes to/from and within airports.. How many airports now consider these modes in their master planning efforts and how might airports parent with adjacent communities to benefit from these new modes?

Background (Describe the current situation or problem in the industry, and how your idea would address it.)

Cities have struggled to manage e-scooters and e-bikes as well as other technology forms of active transportation. Curb space is very valuable at airports and the best strategy is unclear for how best to accommodate these new modes when they become more common at airports. How these modes c an best serve internal mobility needs at airports is important as is the accommodation of these modes to/from airports and nearby off-airport destinations. It is commonly accepted that pedestrians tend to travel less than one half mile, but e-scooters and e-bikes can extend this threshold first/last mile travel distance to 3 to 5 miles and help reduce the need for vehicle trips. Many airports currently have no provision for pedestrian and bicycle access and are fully dependent on traffic access.

Objective (What is the desired product or result that will help the airport industry?)

Encouragement of non automobile use to/from and within the airport is important to minimizing traffic and enhancing air quality. While many airports are located within walking distance of airport office parks and employee housing, many airports cannot be accessed by pedestrians and bicyclists. The advent of new technologies like e-scooters and e-bikes is proving very popular in cities and would seem to extend threshold travel distances for these modes to/from and within airports.. How many airports now consider these modes in their master planning efforts and how might airports parent with adjacent communities to benefit from these new modes?

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