The urbanist-micromobility conversation with Gabe Klein

Oliver Bruce
October 13, 2021


This week Oliver interviews one of his heroes in the urbanist space, Gabe Klein. Gabe has successfully managed to successfully operate in both the private and public sectors, as one of the first execs at Zipcar, helping form the company that became Car2Go and then was appointed head of DOT in both Washington DC and Chicago.

He has a great grounding in the space and understands what works and what doesn’t in cities giving him great perspective of what micromobility offers to the cities and urban transport conversation. It was a wonderful conversation - more like a catch up with a friend than an interview. The team hopes you enjoy!

Specifically they dig into:

- His background starting in bikes, moving on to Zipcar/What became Car2Go

- His move into city government - both DC and then Chicago - and what he learned there around the challenges/opportunities to help shape cities and their transport systems

- What he thinks micromobility offers to the transport conversation - both owned and shared - on the variables of cost, speed, convenience, joy and safety.

- What he thinks the industry in general has done poorly/needs to improve on.

- Whether he believes that micromobility has an integral part in the future of transport both in the US and globally, and what needs to be developed to unlock that potential.

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