Readiness for Shared Micromobility

 

Readiness for Shared Micromobility: Public Perceptions in Metro Vancouver

Shared micromobility – a phrase used to describe a variety of shared, publicly available, human and electric powered vehicles including bike share (dockless and station-based), electric bicycles and electric scooters – is booming in cities around the world.

Shared micromobility offers transportation alternatives that generate low emissions, low noise levels and offer flexible integration with transit; however, cities with such new mobility have struggled with its regulation and ensuring it is complementary within an established and crowded transportation system.

Thus, this project aims to explore public perceptions of shared micromobility in Metro Vancouver, to understand the potential for adoption and integration with regional transit and inform policy, infrastructure needs and best practices for regulation.

METHODS

  1. Case studies and key informant interviews to gather expert insight from cities where micromobility systems exist;
  2. Focus groups of key groups in Metro Vancouver to better understand the public awareness and opinion of micromobility and challenges and opportunities to succeed; and
  3. Population surveys of residents to assess awareness, knowledge, and experience with micromobility, support/concerns and perceptions around its integration into the region and with transit, as well as demographic and transportation characteristics.

FINDINGS

Case Studies Report: This first case studies report offers insight into what we heard from the case studies and key informant interviews on the implementation and usage patterns of shared micromobility, and the learnings for Metro Vancouver. HUB Cycling has taken the findings from the case studies and compiled their perspectives on recommendations for the implementation of shared micromobility in Metro Vancouver and the responsible organizations.

Focus Groups Report: This report compiles what we heard from the focus groups, aiming to scope the understanding and awareness of shared micromobility across different groups in the region, in addition to the motivators and barriers to their use. 

 

PARTNERS

This project is a collaboration between CHATR SFU researchers and HUB Cycling with funding from the Translink New Mobility Lab and Mitacs Accelerate.

                                

 

 

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