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Is the Boston area ready for micromobility?

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Several rider-less e-bikes in a row. hanohiki/Shutterstock

Brookline this week became the first municipality in Massachusetts to pilot electric battery-powered scooters. (E-scooters are technically illegal under an old state law meant to regulate mopeds.)

Also, the Boston area’s bike-shares are expanding. Hubway is rolling into Everett this spring, and the dockless bikes-share Lime has added both conventional bikes to its fleet as well as electric pedal-assist ones that can go nearly 15 miles per hour.

And Cambridge is poised to make national waves as the first American city with a municipal law mandating a permanent network of connected and protected bike lanes.

All of this signals the inevitable Boston-area arrival of the micromobility revolution that has already swept into other urban areas in the United States. Which begs the question: Is the region ready for so much micromobility (i.e., transit smaller than a car)?

Can it coexist with the region’s notoriously awful auto traffic? Does one have to cede ground to the other? Will it all blend seamlessly one day? And what’s the role of elected officials and other potential regulators? Sound off in the comments section below.