Serverless PHP on App Engine and Cloud Firestore with Firevel (serverless Laravel framework)

In recent decades the PHP community has gone through some major changes. First, we saw billion-dollar platforms like Facebook adopting PHP as a primary language. Then tools like the Laravel framework quickly rose in popularity as it enabled the community to quickly build modern applications. Finally, PHP 7 gave the language a bright future with performance improvements and features like type hinting.

Today, developing applications in PHP has never been simpler, but taking advantage of modern serverless services remained exclusive to languages like JavaScript or Python. Things are about to change yet again for the PHP community as offerings like Google App Engine and Firestore make running completely serverless PHP apps possible.

Benefits of Serverless

Serverless apps are usually simple to set up, cheap (or free) with low traffic, and can scale up to handle high loads extremely quickly. Another benefit is that you also don’t need to worry about server administration as these new services provide fully managed infrastructure. The main reason I started to work on a serverless PHP solution was because of the time I was wasting bootstrapping every new microservice. In addition, once the service was set up it would continue to cost money from machines idling (for example staging, or services used only during office hours).

The Components

Database

After analyzing a wide spectrum of database solutions from different providers and running some benchmark tests I found that Google BigQuery is the best serverless solution for data warehousing and Firestore is the best NoSQL database for production queries.

In both cases, the key benefits are simplicity and performance.

Backend

PHP 7’s release in Google App Engine Standard Environment was the first puzzle piece that allowed the serverless project to start. Google App Engine scales down to zero and it’s eligible for GCP’s free tier. Another bonus, it’s integrated with Google Firestore so you don’t need to set up credentials to access your database.

Firevel

I wanted to make sure that I could use Laravel in this project so I developed several packages (together named Firevel) that makes the framework Google App Engine friendly. Some examples of these changes are disabling writes outside of the tmp directory, allowing a Google proxy, and setting up a Stackdriver log channel.

The packages included with Firevel are:

By default, all exceptions appear in your App Engine Application Errors, and session data is stored inside a collection in Firestore called ‘sessions’.

If you use the Firestore Cache driver you can use all the Laravel Cache features you are used to. The cache is stored in a Firestore collection named cache.

>>> Cache::set('foo', 'bar');
=> true>>> Cache::get('foo');
=> "bar"

Firestore Client can be used for direct Firestore calls and is accessible by Firestore facade. Authentication is handled by App Engine behind the scenes.

Firestore::collection('cities')

    ->document(‘LA’)

    ->set([‘name’ => ‘Los Angeles’, ‘state’ => ‘CA’]);

Eloquent on FirestoreIf you ever worked with Laravel before you can probably agree that code is very extension friendly. There are plenty of ways to build custom drivers, extensions, plugins etc. However, I don’t think I can say the same about the heart of Laravel — the Eloquent ORM. Eloquent is one of the main reasons Laravel is so successful. It’s a beautiful and simple ActiveRecord implementation designed to work with SQL databases, but it wasn’t designed with NoSQL in mind. So I built Firequent which is the Eloquent replacement for Firevel and it’s currently in beta. I managed to reach general functionality and support for methods like find(), create(), make(), where() and limit(), but it’s not yet ready to work with relationships or any advanced queries.

You can create a Firequent model simply by extending Firevel\Firequent\Model. In the Firestore NoSQL world, you don’t need database schemas so instead of creating migrations, you can use mass assignments.

<?phpnamespace App;use Firevel\Firequent\Model;class Post extends Model

{

    /**

     * The attributes that are mass assignable.

     *

     * @var array

     */

    public $fillable = [‘name’, ‘description’];}

You also assign attributes on the fly directly inside the model:

$post = Post::make([‘name’ => ‘Foo’, ‘description’ => ‘Bar’]);

$post->public = true;

$post->save();

Data is available instantly in your Firestore Dashboard.

Why this is awesome?

The coolest part of Firevel is the simple setup. If you have the gcloud CLI installed on your machine, you can set up an entire app with composer create-project firevel/firevel and then deploy it with a gcloud app deploy command. Using this you can build a scalable web app in mere minutes. It’s also a great tool for building microservices with integrated Firebase Auth and the simple deployment lets you build a new microservice without all the painful infrastructure setup.

Challenges

If your code is limited to a simple CRUD application and your index queries are just filtering by values you might build your app and not even notice any difference from the standard Laravel experience. But with more advanced use cases you can’t simply replace MySQL with NoSQL unless you update your approach to code structure.

Firestore offers us great scalability, flexibility, and simplicity, but everything comes with a cost so keep in mind that:

  • It’s great for heavy reads but not so good for heavy updates. You need to keep that in your mind while working with caching. At the time of writing this article, you should not update an individual document more than once per second.
  • Search queries are limited. The most noticeable limitations are the inability to use “or” operators, and searching that’s limited to “query by full match” (no “row LIKE %”). If you need full-text search I recommend Algolia (compatible with Firevel/Laravel Scout). To learn more about Cloud Firestore querying, I recommend watching this video.

Conclusion

Firevel is a 100% serverless framework. It currently has limitations and requires more production case studies before it becomes mature. But I’ve found it to be a joy to work with and can save you a lot of time.

To me — the possibility of running apps at scale, entirely in PHP, without expensive to manage servers, is like finding a unicorn.

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Multi-cloud Spending: 8 Tips To Lower Cost

A multi-cloud approach is nothing but leveraging two or more cloud platforms for meeting the various business requirements of an enterprise. The multi-cloud IT environment incorporates different clouds from multiple vendors and negates the dependence on a single public cloud service provider. Thus enterprises can choose specific services from multiple public clouds and reap the benefits of each.

Given its affordability and agility, most enterprises opt for a multi-cloud approach in cloud computing now. A 2018 survey on the public cloud services market points out that 81% of the respondents use services from two or more providers. Subsequently, the cloud computing services market has reported incredible growth in recent times. The worldwide public cloud services market is all set to reach $500 billion in the next four years, according to IDC.

By choosing multi-cloud solutions strategically, enterprises can optimize the benefits of cloud computing and aim for some key competitive advantages. They can avoid the lengthy and cumbersome processes involved in buying, installing and testing high-priced systems. The IaaS and PaaS solutions have become a windfall for the enterprise’s budget as it does not incur huge up-front capital expenditure.

However, cost optimization is still a challenge while facilitating a multi-cloud environment and a large number of enterprises end up overpaying with or without realizing it. The below-mentioned tips would help you ensure the money is spent wisely on cloud computing services.

  • Deactivate underused or unattached resources

Most organizations tend to get wrong with simple things which turn out to be the root cause for needless spending and resource wastage. The first step to cost optimization in your cloud strategy is to identify underutilized resources that you have been paying for.

Enterprises often continue to pay for resources that have been purchased earlier but are no longer useful. Identifying such unused and unattached resources and deactivating it on a regular basis brings you one step closer to cost optimization. If needed, you can deploy automated cloud management tools that are largely helpful in providing the analytics needed to optimize the cloud spending and cut costs on an ongoing basis.

  • Figure out idle instances

Another key cost optimization strategy is to identify the idle computing instances and consolidate them into fewer instances. An idle computing instance may require a CPU utilization level of 1-5%, but you may be billed by the service provider for 100% for the same instance.

Every enterprise will have such non-production instances that constitute unnecessary storage space and lead to overpaying. Re-evaluating your resource allocations regularly and removing unnecessary storage may help you save money significantly. Resource allocation is not only a matter of CPU and memory but also it is linked to the storage, network, and various other factors.

  • Deploy monitoring mechanisms

The key to efficient cost reduction in cloud computing technology lies in proactive monitoring. A comprehensive view of the cloud usage helps enterprises to monitor and minimize unnecessary spending. You can make use of various mechanisms for monitoring computing demand.

For instance, you can use a heatmap to understand the highs and lows in computing visually. This heat map indicates the start and stop times which in turn lead to reduced costs. You can also deploy automated tools that help organizations to schedule instances to start and stop. By following a heatmap, you can understand whether it is safe to shut down servers on holidays or weekends.

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Serverless PHP on App Engine and Cloud Firestore with Firevel (serverless Laravel framework)

In recent decades the PHP community has gone through some major changes. First, we saw billion-dollar platforms like Facebook adopting PHP as a primary language. Then tools like the Laravel framework quickly rose in popularity as it enabled the community to quickly build modern applications. Finally, PHP 7 gave the language a bright future with performance improvements and features like type hinting.

Today, developing applications in PHP has never been simpler, but taking advantage of modern serverless services remained exclusive to languages like JavaScript or Python. Things are about to change yet again for the PHP community as offerings like Google App Engine and Firestore make running completely serverless PHP apps possible.

Benefits of Serverless

Serverless apps are usually simple to set up, cheap (or free) with low traffic, and can scale up to handle high loads extremely quickly. Another benefit is that you also don’t need to worry about server administration as these new services provide fully managed infrastructure. The main reason I started to work on a serverless PHP solution was because of the time I was wasting bootstrapping every new microservice. In addition, once the service was set up it would continue to cost money from machines idling (for example staging, or services used only during office hours).

The Components

Database

After analyzing a wide spectrum of database solutions from different providers and running some benchmark tests I found that Google BigQuery is the best serverless solution for data warehousing and Firestore is the best NoSQL database for production queries.

In both cases, the key benefits are simplicity and performance.

Backend

PHP 7’s release in Google App Engine Standard Environment was the first puzzle piece that allowed the serverless project to start. Google App Engine scales down to zero and it’s eligible for GCP’s free tier. Another bonus, it’s integrated with Google Firestore so you don’t need to set up credentials to access your database.

Firevel

I wanted to make sure that I could use Laravel in this project so I developed several packages (together named Firevel) that makes the framework Google App Engine friendly. Some examples of these changes are disabling writes outside of the tmp directory, allowing a Google proxy, and setting up a Stackdriver log channel.

The packages included with Firevel are:

By default, all exceptions appear in your App Engine Application Errors, and session data is stored inside a collection in Firestore called ‘sessions’.

If you use the Firestore Cache driver you can use all the Laravel Cache features you are used to. The cache is stored in a Firestore collection named cache.

>>> Cache::set('foo', 'bar');
=> true>>> Cache::get('foo');
=> "bar"

Firestore Client can be used for direct Firestore calls and is accessible by Firestore facade. Authentication is handled by App Engine behind the scenes.

Firestore::collection('cities')

    ->document(‘LA’)

    ->set([‘name’ => ‘Los Angeles’, ‘state’ => ‘CA’]);

Eloquent on FirestoreIf you ever worked with Laravel before you can probably agree that code is very extension friendly. There are plenty of ways to build custom drivers, extensions, plugins etc. However, I don’t think I can say the same about the heart of Laravel — the Eloquent ORM. Eloquent is one of the main reasons Laravel is so successful. It’s a beautiful and simple ActiveRecord implementation designed to work with SQL databases, but it wasn’t designed with NoSQL in mind. So I built Firequent which is the Eloquent replacement for Firevel and it’s currently in beta. I managed to reach general functionality and support for methods like find(), create(), make(), where() and limit(), but it’s not yet ready to work with relationships or any advanced queries.

You can create a Firequent model simply by extending Firevel\Firequent\Model. In the Firestore NoSQL world, you don’t need database schemas so instead of creating migrations, you can use mass assignments.

<?phpnamespace App;use Firevel\Firequent\Model;class Post extends Model

{

    /**

     * The attributes that are mass assignable.

     *

     * @var array

     */

    public $fillable = [‘name’, ‘description’];}

You also assign attributes on the fly directly inside the model:

$post = Post::make([‘name’ => ‘Foo’, ‘description’ => ‘Bar’]);

$post->public = true;

$post->save();

Data is available instantly in your Firestore Dashboard.

Why this is awesome?

The coolest part of Firevel is the simple setup. If you have the gcloud CLI installed on your machine, you can set up an entire app with composer create-project firevel/firevel and then deploy it with a gcloud app deploy command. Using this you can build a scalable web app in mere minutes. It’s also a great tool for building microservices with integrated Firebase Auth and the simple deployment lets you build a new microservice without all the painful infrastructure setup.

Challenges

If your code is limited to a simple CRUD application and your index queries are just filtering by values you might build your app and not even notice any difference from the standard Laravel experience. But with more advanced use cases you can’t simply replace MySQL with NoSQL unless you update your approach to code structure.

Firestore offers us great scalability, flexibility, and simplicity, but everything comes with a cost so keep in mind that:

  • It’s great for heavy reads but not so good for heavy updates. You need to keep that in your mind while working with caching. At the time of writing this article, you should not update an individual document more than once per second.
  • Search queries are limited. The most noticeable limitations are the inability to use “or” operators, and searching that’s limited to “query by full match” (no “row LIKE %”). If you need full-text search I recommend Algolia (compatible with Firevel/Laravel Scout). To learn more about Cloud Firestore querying, I recommend watching this video.

Conclusion

Firevel is a 100% serverless framework. It currently has limitations and requires more production case studies before it becomes mature. But I’ve found it to be a joy to work with and can save you a lot of time.

To me — the possibility of running apps at scale, entirely in PHP, without expensive to manage servers, is like finding a unicorn.

Thanks for reading

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Best Android Mobile App Development Frameworks

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Best Electric Bikes and Scooters for Rental Business or Campus Facility

The electric scooter revolution has caught on super-fast taking many cities across the globe by storm. eScooters, a renovated version of old-school scooters now turned into electric vehicles are an environmentally friendly solution to current on-demand commute problems. They work on engines, like cars, enabling short traveling distances without hassle. The result is that these groundbreaking electric machines can now provide faster transport for less — cheaper than Uber and faster than Metro.

Since they are durable, fast, easy to operate and maintain, and are more convenient to park compared to four-wheelers, the eScooters trend has and continues to spike interest as a promising growth area. Several companies and universities are increasingly setting up shop to provide eScooter services realizing a would-be profitable business model and a ready customer base that is university students or residents in need of faster and cheap travel going about their business in school, town, and other surrounding areas.

Electric Scooters Trends and Statistics

In many countries including the U.S., Canada, Mexico, U.K., Germany, France, China, Japan, India, Brazil and Mexico and more, a growing number of eScooter users both locals and tourists can now be seen effortlessly passing lines of drivers stuck in the endless and unmoving traffic.

A recent report by McKinsey revealed that the E-Scooter industry will be worth― $200 billion to $300 billion in the United States, $100 billion to $150 billion in Europe, and $30 billion to $50 billion in China in 2030. The e-Scooter revenue model will also spike and is projected to rise by more than 20% amounting to approximately $5 billion.

And, with a necessity to move people away from high carbon prints, traffic and congestion issues brought about by car-centric transport systems in cities, more and more city planners are developing more bike/scooter lanes and adopting zero-emission plans. This is the force behind the booming electric scooter market and the numbers will only go higher and higher.

Companies that have taken advantage of the growing eScooter trend develop an appthat allows them to provide efficient eScooter services. Such an app enables them to be able to locate bike pick-up and drop points through fully integrated google maps.

List of Best Electric Bikes for Rental Business or Campus Facility 2020:

It’s clear that e scooters will increasingly become more common and the e-scooter business model will continue to grab the attention of manufacturers, investors, entrepreneurs. All this should go ahead with a quest to know what are some of the best electric bikes in the market especially for anyone who would want to get started in the electric bikes/scooters rental business.

We have done a comprehensive list of the best electric bikes! Each bike has been reviewed in depth and includes a full list of specs and a photo.

Billy eBike

mobile-best-electric-bikes-scooters https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/enkicycles/billy-were-redefining-joyrides

To start us off is the Billy eBike, a powerful go-anywhere urban electric bike that’s specially designed to offer an exciting ride like no other whether you want to ride to the grocery store, cafe, work or school. The Billy eBike comes in 4 color options – Billy Blue, Polished aluminium, Artic white, and Stealth black.

Price: $2490

Available countries

Available in the USA, Europe, Asia, South Africa and Australia.This item ships from the USA. Buyers are therefore responsible for any taxes and/or customs duties incurred once it arrives in your country.

Features

  • Control – Ride with confidence with our ultra-wide BMX bars and a hyper-responsive twist throttle.
  • Stealth- Ride like a ninja with our Gates carbon drive that’s as smooth as butter and maintenance-free.
  • Drive – Ride further with our high torque fat bike motor, giving a better climbing performance.
  • Accelerate – Ride quicker with our 20-inch lightweight cutout rims for improved acceleration.
  • Customize – Ride your own way with 5 levels of power control. Each level determines power and speed.
  • Flickable – Ride harder with our BMX /MotoX inspired geometry and lightweight aluminum package

Specifications

  • Maximum speed: 20 mph (32 km/h)
  • Range per charge: 41 miles (66 km)
  • Maximum Power: 500W
  • Motor type: Fat Bike Motor: Bafang RM G060.500.DC
  • Load capacity: 300lbs (136kg)
  • Battery type: 13.6Ah Samsung lithium-ion,
  • Battery capacity: On/off-bike charging available
  • Weight: w/o batt. 48.5lbs (22kg), w/ batt. 54lbs (24.5kg)
  • Front Suspension: Fully adjustable air shock, preload/compression damping /lockout
  • Rear Suspension: spring, preload adjustment
  • Built-in GPS

Why Should You Buy This?

  • Riding fun and excitement
  • Better climbing ability and faster acceleration.
  • Ride with confidence
  • Billy folds for convenient storage and transportation.
  • Shorty levers connect to disc brakes ensuring you stop on a dime
  • belt drives are maintenance-free and clean (no oil or lubrication needed)

**Who Should Ride Billy? **

Both new and experienced riders

**Where to Buy? **Local distributors or ships from the USA.

Genze 200 series e-Bike

genze-best-electric-bikes-scooters https://www.genze.com/fleet/

Featuring a sleek and lightweight aluminum frame design, the 200-Series ebike takes your riding experience to greater heights. Available in both black and white this ebike comes with a connected app, which allows you to plan activities, map distances and routes while also allowing connections with fellow riders.

Price: $2099.00

Available countries

The Genze 200 series e-Bike is available at GenZe retail locations across the U.S or online via GenZe.com website. Customers from outside the US can ship the product while incurring the relevant charges.

Features

  • 2 Frame Options
  • 2 Sizes
  • Integrated/Removable Battery
  • Throttle and Pedal Assist Ride Modes
  • Integrated LCD Display
  • Connected App
  • 24 month warranty
  • GPS navigation
  • Bluetooth connectivity

Specifications

  • Maximum speed: 20 mph with throttle
  • Range per charge: 15-18 miles w/ throttle and 30-50 miles w/ pedal assist
  • Charging time: 3.5 hours
  • Motor type: Brushless Rear Hub Motor
  • Gears: Microshift Thumb Shifter
  • Battery type: Removable Samsung 36V, 9.6AH Li-Ion battery pack
  • Battery capacity: 36V and 350 Wh
  • Weight: 46 pounds
  • Derailleur: 8-speed Shimano
  • Brakes: Dual classic
  • Wheels: 26 x 20 inches
  • Frame: 16, and 18 inches
  • Operating Mode: Analog mode 5 levels of Pedal Assist Thrott­le Mode

Norco from eBikestore

norco-best-electric-bikes-scooters https://ebikestore.com/shop/norco-vlt-s2/

The Norco VLT S2 is a front suspension e-Bike with solid components alongside the reliable Bosch Performance Line Power systems that offer precise pedal assistance during any riding situation.

Price: $2,699.00

Available countries

This item is available via the various Norco bikes international distributors.

Features

  • VLT aluminum frame- for stiffness and wheel security.
  • Bosch e-bike system – for their reliability and performance.
  • E-bike components – for added durability.
  • Hydraulic disc brakes – offer riders more stopping power for safety and control at higher speeds.
  • Practical design features – to add convenience and versatility.

Specifications

  • Maximum speed: KMC X9 9spd
  • Motor type: Bosch Active Line
  • Gears: Shimano Altus RD-M2000, SGS, 9 Speed
  • Battery type: Power Pack 400
  • Battery capacity: 396Wh
  • Suspension: SR Suntour suspension fork
  • Frame: Norco VLT, Aluminum, 12x142mm TA Dropouts

Bodo EV

bodo-best-electric-bikes-scootershttp://www.bodoevs.com/bodoev/products_show.asp?product_id=13

Manufactured by Bodo Vehicle Group Limited, the Bodo EV is specially designed for strong power and extraordinary long service to facilitate super amazing rides. The Bodo Vehicle Company is a striking top in electric vehicles brand field in China and across the globe. Their Bodo EV will no doubt provide your riders with high-level riding satisfaction owing to its high-quality design, strength, breaking stability and speed.

Price: $799

Available countries

This item ships from China with buyers bearing the shipping costs and other variables prior to delivery.

Features

  • Reliable
  • Environment friendly
  • Comfortable riding
  • Fashionable
  • Economical
  • Durable – long service life
  • Braking stability
  • LED lighting technology

Specifications

  • Maximum speed: 45km/h
  • Range per charge: 50km per person
  • Charging time: 8 hours
  • Maximum Power: 3000W
  • Motor type: Brushless DC Motor
  • Load capacity: 100kg
  • Battery type: Lead-acid battery
  • Battery capacity: 60V 20AH
  • Weight: w/o battery 47kg

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How to start an electric scooter facility/fleet in a university campus/IT park

Are you leading an organization that has a large campus, e.g., a large university? You are probably thinking of introducing an electric scooter/bicycle fleet on the campus, and why wouldn’t you?

Introducing micro-mobility in your campus with the help of such a fleet would help the people on the campus significantly. People would save money since they don’t need to use a car for a short distance. Your campus will see a drastic reduction in congestion, moreover, its carbon footprint will reduce.

Micro-mobility is relatively new though and you would need help. You would need to select an appropriate fleet of vehicles. The people on your campus would need to find electric scooters or electric bikes for commuting, and you need to provide a solution for this.

To be more specific, you need a short-term electric bike rental app. With such an app, you will be able to easily offer micro-mobility to the people on the campus. We at Devathon have built Autorent exactly for this.

What does Autorent do and how can it help you? How does it enable you to introduce micro-mobility on your campus? We explain these in this article, however, we will touch upon a few basics first.

Micro-mobility: What it is

micro-mobility

You are probably thinking about micro-mobility relatively recently, aren’t you? A few relevant insights about it could help you to better appreciate its importance.

Micro-mobility is a new trend in transportation, and it uses vehicles that are considerably smaller than cars. Electric scooters (e-scooters) and electric bikes (e-bikes) are the most popular forms of micro-mobility, however, there are also e-unicycles and e-skateboards.

You might have already seen e-scooters, which are kick scooters that come with a motor. Thanks to its motor, an e-scooter can achieve a speed of up to 20 km/h. On the other hand, e-bikes are popular in China and Japan, and they come with a motor, and you can reach a speed of 40 km/h.

You obviously can’t use these vehicles for very long commutes, however, what if you need to travel a short distance? Even if you have a reasonable public transport facility in the city, it might not cover the route you need to take. Take the example of a large university campus. Such a campus is often at a considerable distance from the central business district of the city where it’s located. While public transport facilities may serve the central business district, they wouldn’t serve this large campus. Currently, many people drive their cars even for short distances.

As you know, that brings its own set of challenges. Vehicular traffic adds significantly to pollution, moreover, finding a parking spot can be hard in crowded urban districts.

Well, you can reduce your carbon footprint if you use an electric car. However, electric cars are still new, and many countries are still building the necessary infrastructure for them. Your large campus might not have the necessary infrastructure for them either. Presently, electric cars don’t represent a viable option in most geographies.

As a result, you need to buy and maintain a car even if your commute is short. In addition to dealing with parking problems, you need to spend significantly on your car.

All of these factors have combined to make people sit up and think seriously about cars. Many people are now seriously considering whether a car is really the best option even if they have to commute only a short distance.

This is where micro-mobility enters the picture. When you commute a short distance regularly, e-scooters or e-bikes are viable options. You limit your carbon footprints and you cut costs!

Businesses have seen this shift in thinking, and e-scooter companies like Lime and Bird have entered this field in a big way. They let you rent e-scooters by the minute. On the other hand, start-ups like Jump and Lyft have entered the e-bike market.

Think of your campus now! The people there might need to travel short distances within the campus, and e-scooters can really help them.

How micro-mobility can benefit you

benefits-micromobility

What advantages can you get from micro-mobility? Let’s take a deeper look into this question.

Micro-mobility can offer several advantages to the people on your campus, e.g.:

  • Affordability: Shared e-scooters are cheaper than other mass transportation options. Remember that the people on your campus will use them on a shared basis, and they will pay for their short commutes only. Well, depending on your operating model, you might even let them use shared e-scooters or e-bikes for free!
  • Convenience: Users don’t need to worry about finding parking spots for shared e-scooters since these are small. They can easily travel from point A to point B on your campus with the help of these e-scooters.
  • Environmentally sustainable: Shared e-scooters reduce the carbon footprint, moreover, they decongest the roads. Statistics from the pilot programs in cities like Portland and Denver showimpressive gains around this key aspect.
  • Safety: This one’s obvious, isn’t it? When people on your campus use small e-scooters or e-bikes instead of cars, the problem of overspeeding will disappear. you will see fewer accidents.

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