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Austin online data set helps city understand dockless mobility

The City of Austin unveiled its dockless data explorer Monday morning. The online data set gets information from dockless mobility companies and updates every hour showing every trip across the city of Austin. (CBS Austin)

A new online data portal is helping cities across the nation understand dockless scooters and bikes.

The City of Austin unveiled its dockless data explorer Monday morning. The online data set gets information from dockless mobility companies and updates every hour showing every trip across the city of Austin.

Austin transportation department’s John Clary said so far they’ve had around 2.4 million trips between dockless bikes and scooters.

The city’s data for these trips include the time of day, where they started and where they ended. All this helps the city understand how and where scooters are used. That can help with future infrastructure changes.

"The data that we're collecting from the operators becomes a really valuable resource for our transportation planners,” Clary said.

Clary said he’s most excited about the fact that multiple cities across the nation are using this same software. That means all cities can share data and learn together.

"So often you see municipalities reinventing the wheel when they don't need to, so this is an opportunity to be really efficient with our time and resources and hopefully build better tools with other cities across the country,” Clary said.

Clary said the city wants the public to try out the portal. He said they want to know how they can improve the site. At some point he said the data set could also include scooter crashes.

To access the web site, click here.

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