Micromobility

A note on COVID-19:

In the face of COVID-19, the way people travel has seen various changes. The pandemic will have long-term impacts on transportation choices that governmental agencies and policy makers will need to navigate carefully. The direction of micromobility is uncertain at this moment. For instance, some cities have suspended or halted micromobility services like BikeShare programs to aid in the reduction of COVID-19. However, the following resources will continue to be helpful when considering the safety of shared bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters as a mobility option.

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In the last 5 years, micromobility has seen a rise in popularity in both large urban cities as well as mid-sized cities throughout the US. Micromobility includes privately owned and shared-use station-based or dockless fleets of fully or partially human-operated vehicles, typically in the form of bicycles, e-bikes and e-scooters. 

Their emergence as an alternative transportation option has led them to be an additional active transportation option, especially in first- and last-mile trips. The following sections contain micromobility information on statistics and trends, emerging research and technologies, pilot programs and best practices, and an inventory of micromobility policies by city. Click on the links below to explore each topic. 

For an overview of powered forms of micromobility and their features, refer to this info brief, “The Basics of Micromobility and Related Motorized Devices for Personal Transport” from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC). It references and builds upon the “Taxonomy & Classification of Powered Micromobility Vehicles” created by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE). For information on micromobility in the California Vehicle Codes, refer to the CATSIP CVC page.