Shared-Use Mobility Center https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org Collaborating to advance transportation policy and practice Wed, 25 Nov 2020 20:41:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 25, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-november-25-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-november-25-2020 Wed, 25 Nov 2020 20:00:12 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=11193 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 25, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>

Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

SUMC News and Announcements

The Time to Act on Climate Change is now. 

Watch webinar on tools to decarbonize transportation

Did you know that 23 states plus the District of Columbia have their own greenhouse-gas reduction targets? These efforts include net-zero greenhouse-gas emissions targets (23 states plus DC), renewable portfolio standards (19 plus DC), and a power-sector emissions trading system (10 states.) While many of us look towards opportunities in a new administration, we know that states can make or break efforts on both sides—and innovate themselves.

The Shared-Use Mobility Center held How States are Moving the Emissions Needle, the second webinar and workshop in our Path to the Summit series, to share knowledge about state and multi-state tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, funding sustainable transportation, and enacting policy change. It featured speakers from across the country who shared their ongoing work to decarbonize transportation at the state and regional level.

SUMC invites you to watch this informative webinar and download the presentations on the MOD Learning Center. In addition, you can access the tools to take action with the following resources:

SUMC Emissions Calculator
The calculator is a tool for cities to estimate the emissions benefits from deploying various modes of shared mobility, providing a baseline for turning greenhouse gas mitigation goals into concrete plans.

Equitable and Clean Mobility for All: Clean Mobility Options
The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) provides $20 Million in voucher-based funding for zero-emission shared mobility services in California’s historically underserved and tribal communities.

The Intergovernmental Panel Report on Global Warming of 1.5 ºC
This special report details the impacts of global warming of 1.5 °C above pre-industrial levels and related global greenhouse gas emission pathways.

Join our dedicated team

The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) is expanding its LA and Chicago offices to serve a growing set of programs that support practitioners and stakeholders in pursuing transportation equity and climate mitigation. Learn about the open positions and how to apply here.

The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) is a non-profit public interest organization that promotes multimodal transportation systems that work for all. Just as we are dedicated to inclusion in transportation, and we strive to reflect that mission in the composition of our staff.


Mobility Justice

Reversing structural, racial inequity that creates cyclical poverty while catering to white residents takes more than a movement, it also takes a just-as-structured, systemic plan. Learn how Oakland’s OakDOT agency is paving the way in revitalizing streets and neighborhoods for safe and sustainable mobility for Black Oaklanders in Transfers Magazine.

A new study from the Journal of Transport Geography found (to no one’s surprise) that ridehailing options Lyft and Uber were not filling gaps in transit access in lower-income neighborhoods of color on the Chicago’s South and West sides, but predominantly serving majority-white, affluent areas.

Read this nonfiction comic “A Tale of Two Pandemics: Historical Insights on Persistent Racial Disparities” by journalist Josh Neufeld that merges research about racial health disparities during COVID-19 and misinformation around the 1918 influenza pandemic to show the timely need for equitable health safety education.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

The California Public Utilities Commission has given the green light for companies to start testing—and charging—for robotaxi services through two new programs aimed at autonomous vehicle development in the state.

Bedford Park, IL will see new on-demand and microtransit services, along with a mobility-as-a-service app, to serve late-night workers in transit-light areas as part of the Connect2Work pilot in collaboration with local agencies, Uber, Via, and Moovit.

California was first and now Massachusetts, as the employee classification fight for ridehailing drivers heats up in the Commonwealth with legislators and companies preparing for a future ballot measure to either fight against or acknowledge drivers as full-fledged employees.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

TechCrunch lays out the important policy milestones and actions in Paris, Barcelona, London and Milan that have revolutionized micromobility use in the metros and reclaimed the streets “for feet and two wheels.”

Downtown Chicago is slowly getting more pedestrian- and cyclist- friendly with a fresh set of paint and posts for bump-outs and pedestrian islands (bringing the total in the urban core to 24) and recently installed “Don’t Block the Box” markings and signs to keep drivers from blocking intersections.

Equity and community engagement go hand-in-hand and the Better Bike Share Partnership believes a strategic connection between equity goals in mobility and key local advocacy is necessary to “reflect the community you aim to serve”.

Transit

Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation Polly Trottenberg is leaving the agency next month after seven-years of helming the city’s Vision Zero program and shouldering many transit-funding setbacks from the mayor and governor. We wish her well.

Buses move a majority of NJ Transit customers including essential workers. All the more reason to increase funding, create dedicated bus lanes and expand service in underserved areas, says the NJ Transit’s Regional Plan Association.

Transportation fare solutions company Masabi and the San Joaquin Council of Governments have teamed up to offer cash-free mobile fare ticketing for “seven participating transit systems in the region” through the Vamos Mobility App for regional and local bus and rail services.

Technology

St. Petersburg, FL gets the state’s first autonomous vehicle program that will run in mixed traffic along Bayshore Drive at no cost to the public, all thanks to a new effort between the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority, self-driving tech company Beep, and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Arlington RAPID is a new collaborative project between May Mobility and ridehailing company Via that will give students in Arlington, TX the chance to take free driverless shuttles rides in the city center and University of Texas at Arlington campus starting March 2021.

Innovation in logistics and freight is gaining traction with freight companies like TuSimple that are already testing self-driving trucks from Arizona to West Texas—with more driverless 18-wheelers on the way.

Sustainability

In a bold clash with a previous stance against emissions standards, General Motors will be dropping its litigation against California for imposing its own fuel economy rules, which was done in stark opposition of the efforts to rollback standards by the Trump Administration in 2019.

If it can happen there….Edmonton, Alberta is home to a thriving oil industry, the world’s largest parking lot, and a sprawling cityscape with density lower than Phoenix and Houston. Fighting against the storm, the city council voted to abolish minimum parking requirements earlier this year due to strong advocacy efforts from local organizations like YEGarden Suites.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFI: Clean Mobility Provider Directory 2.0
Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program
California
Deadline: December 11, 2020

The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program administrator team is conducting a second RFI process to expand and update the existing CMO Clean Mobility Provider Directory. The intended audiences for this RFI are professional mobility operators, vehicle suppliers, infrastructure suppliers, and software providers who are interested in partnering with lead applicants to provide and support zero-emission shared mobility services in eligible communities throughout the State.

RFP: Microtransit Technology Services
Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation
Gloucester County and Town of Wise, VA
Deadline: December 31, 2020

RFSOQ: Las Vegas Medical District Automated Circulator and Connected Pedestrian Safety Program
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Las Vegas, NV
Deadline: January 5, 2021

Funding Opportunity: Accelerating Clean Transportation Now Program
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Boston, MA
Deadline: January 8, 2021

Open Call: Climate Smart Cities Challenge
Nesta
London, GB
Deadline: January 22, 2021


Did someone forward this to you? Sign up for our newsletter here.

Share the Mobility Hub:

The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 25, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 19, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-november-19-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-november-19-2020 Thu, 19 Nov 2020 21:00:13 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=11169 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 19, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>

Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

SUMC News and Announcements

This Friday!
Webinar on Policy Tools to Decarbonize Transportation

How States are Moving the Emissions Needle
Friday, November 20th, at 10:30 am Pacific/12:30 pm Central/1:30 pm Eastern

Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment, and published evidence points to these changes increasing over time. In other words, we need to act now. The Shared-Use Mobility Center is holding a webinar and workshop focused on state and multi-state tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, funding sustainable transportation, and enacting policy change. It features speakers from across the country as well as optional breakout sessions on advancing change in the statehouse, the interaction between state and local government, and funding the efforts needed for change.

Speakers include:

Vicki Arroyo
Executive Director
Georgetown Climate Center

Sam Gregor
Manager, Planning and Regulatory Development Section
California Air Resources Board

Learn More and Register

Ashwat Narayanan
Executive Director
Our Streets Minneapolis


Mobility Justice

“People who wanted to make their way out of downtown were confronted with dark walls of concrete, steel, and asphalt reaching skyward, severing movement across some of the city’s main thoroughfares.” Read about Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s decision to raise bridges, close roads and halt transit service to block protesters on The Appeal.

Following the calls for racial justice around the Breonna Taylor and George Floyd protests, several major transit agencies have begun reforming, defunding or restructuring transit policing to tackle discriminatory practices around police brutality. Progressive Railroading calls out five major examples in the US.

There is (finally) substantial research on the relationship between racial segregation, concentrated poverty, and long-term socioeconomic inequalities in the US, so the Brookings Institute maps out a two-pronged strategy to tackle the problems that trap people in poor neighborhoods.

Urban greenery helps fight the dreaded “heat island” effects in cities while providing public green space that can enable cleaner and more active daily mobility, but conservation nonprofit American Forests’ new tool spotlights the lack of “tree equity” facing lower-income, marginalized communities and how to change it.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

The taxi cab industry in New York was hit hard by the pandemic, with ridership plummeting and negative public perception of cabs and COVID-19 still looming. Now, drivers are on the brink of financial ruin with savings and federal unemployment funds drying up—a new proposal, however, lights a beacon of hope to eliminate hundreds of millions in medallion debt.

Lyft wants to bring you dinner, offset losses due to the drop in ridership this year, and take on Uber with a slightly different model that offers restaurant delivery.

Chinese mobility giant Didi Chuxing collaborated with electric vehicle leader BYD to create an EV specifically designed with ridehailing in mind that includes a passenger-friendly display with navigation details, a sliding door for better street entry/exit, and a Level 2 driver assistance system.

Electric carsharing startup Envoy has raised $11 million in Series A funding to expand its shared EV service to more residential and commercial property, including future plans to cover the Pacific Northwest, New York, Miami, Chicago and DC.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

How will driverless cars communicate with cyclists? What does that mean for the safety of pedestrians and two-wheeled travelers? Find out from micromobility expert (and SUMC board member) Emily Warren, including learning about her experience working with Lyft and dockless scooters, on the No Parking Podcast.

Cameras and AI-driven sensors are next on the innovation front for scooters as European electric scooter startup Voi looks to implement these devices on vehicles to detect pedestrians and monitor sidewalk traffic in real time in congested pedestrian areas.

Central Texas-based transportation association Movability has launched a new grant program that will offer businesses up to $5,000 each to boost walking, biking, and scooter use through infrastructure projects. Applications for the first round of grants are due November 30.

Estonian mobility giant Bolt will jumpstart its shared e-scooter and e-bike expansion in 55 more European cities with a €100 million investment, with goals to have 130,000 scooters and bikes available by 2021.

Transit

The new administration will have to hit the ground running with key transportation initiatives from transit-heavy cities like Chicago as metros are banking on federal funds for projects—e.g. the city’s proposed Red Line extension into the South Side—but mobility equity groups like Equiticity are skeptical the status quo will change to address long-running racial disparities.

The Illinois Department of Transportation has awarded a total of $112.5 million to 19 rural and 12 urban transit providers for public transportation improvements and expansions as part of the $45-billion Rebuild Illinois bill passed last year.

Over one year old and going strong, New York’s important launch of the 14th street busway permanently opened up the busy corridor to pedestrians and cyclists while prioritizing buses over car traffic. The results? Faster travel for riders, a less congested street for better throughput, and, equitable use of transit and land to provide affordable mobility.

Urbanize LA gives an update on the 18-mile bus rapid transit line set to connect LA residents in North Hollywood, Burbank, Glendale, and Pasadena, which is set to break ground in 2024, and turn a 2-hour, end-to-end trip into a 66-minute stress-free cruise.

Technology

Sources close to the deal say Uber is in talks with self-driving tech startup Aurora to sell the ridehailing company’s Advanced Technologies Group autonomous vehicle unit, which would be a big departure from its strategy to automate ridehail trips.

Where’s the battery? Renewed interest in structural batteries, which store energy directly in a vehicle’s frame, could bring about lighter vehicles with a significant gain in battery density and range—and no “battery” in sight.

Transportation fare solutions company Masabi and Rochester, NY’s Regional Transit Service have teamed up to offer a complete contactless fare payment integration to tap, pay, and ride through the agency’s smart card or a Go mobile pass in the Transit app, including seamless “fare capping” that corresponds to daily and monthly pass prices.

Check out how your city or neighborhood developed over the course of 200 years with this open-source, interactive map from Google that uses historical fire insurance maps to visualize low-res, changing streetscapes for “almost any U.S. city dating back to 1800.”

Sustainability

Streetsblog USA breaks down the five worst federal decisions from the Trump administration that will have lasting effects on transportation, sustainable mobility, and urban development and calls out how the new administration might reverse things.

Barcelona is planning to expand its car-free “superblock” project to include 21 streets in city’s Eixample district by banning all but residential and essential traffic to create pedestrian plazas at intersections that will include over 16 acres of public green space.

What can planners and city leaders do to ensure green space is resilient to wild fires? Next City looks at the devastating Almeda Fire that rippled through Southwest Oregon in September and how local nonprofits like the Lomakatsi Restoration Project lead the charge to restore native ecosystems and mitigate fire danger.

According to a new request for information (RFI) issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the agency is accepting comments on emerging automotive technology that detects driver impairment and prevents the car from starting if detected. This could be the first step in the long road to increase street safety by eliminating drunk driver crashes in the US.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFI: Clean Mobility Provider Directory 2.0
Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program
California
Deadline: December 11, 2020

The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program administrator team is conducting a second RFI process to expand and update the existing CMO Clean Mobility Provider Directory. The intended audiences for this RFI are professional mobility operators, vehicle suppliers, infrastructure suppliers, and software providers who are interested in partnering with lead applicants to provide and support zero-emission shared mobility services in eligible communities throughout the State.

RFSOQ: Las Vegas Medical District Automated Circulator and Connected Pedestrian Safety Program
Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada (RTC)
Las Vegas, NV
Deadline: January 5, 2021

Funding Opportunity: Accelerating Clean Transportation Now Program
Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC)
Boston, MA
Deadline: January 8, 2021

Open Call: Climate Smart Cities Challenge
Nesta
London, GB
Deadline: January 22, 2021


Did someone forward this to you? Sign up for our newsletter here.

Share the Mobility Hub:

The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 19, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 13, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-november-13-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-november-13-2020 Fri, 13 Nov 2020 18:53:16 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=11144 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 13, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>

Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

SUMC News and Announcements

Congratulations to President-elect Joseph Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris

Now that the election is over, it’s time to focus on the work ahead to get the US on track to address its transportation, climate, and equity challenges.

Fixing the nation’s neglected roads and bridges, building resilience to climate change, and reprioritizing our infrastructure investments—building frequent, dependable transit, carving out safe street space for bikes and scooters, expanding and improving sidewalks space for pedestrians, bringing electric vehicle charging and broadband connectivity to every neighborhood—are all vital for moving toward a just and resilient future. This doesn’t just mean better transportation, it also means jobs, as was called out in the Biden Plan for a Clean Energy Revolution and Environmental Justice. Climate change is an urgent threat, but we must work to reduce its impact and rebuild our economy by decarbonizing transportation and investing in clean energy.

The Shared-Use Mobility Center looks forward to continuing our work with the federal government and in communities around the country. Grounded in principles of equity and sustainability, we will continue our efforts to mitigate climate change and redress the legacy of racist policymaking by advancing a robust set of mobility options that are affordable, accessible, and environmentally sound.

Again, our congratulations to the new administration. Now let’s get to work!

Join us next week:
Webinar on Policy Tools to Decarbonize Transportation

How States are Moving the Emissions Needle

Friday, November 20th, at 10:30 am Pacific/12:30 pm Central/1:30 pm Eastern

Have you explored the Micromobility Policy Atlas yet?

With a database of over 100 bike- and scooter-sharing policies and management approaches from over two dozen countries, it can help decision-makers get the most value from micromobility services.

Learn more and try it out for yourself

New Shared Mobility Industry Survey

MobilityData is the organization chosen by NABSA (North American Bikeshare Association) to manage the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS). This survey will help MobilityData better understand the business and technical needs of the community, so the data obtained through the GBFS can improve the traveler experience. It will take about 10 minutes and you will receive a summary of responses.

Take the Survey

Events on our radar:

Collaborative Mobility Virtual Conference 2020
November 17-20, 2020
CoMoUK
Learn more and register

Measuring, Managing, and Maximizing Transportation Happiness Using Smartphone-Aided Day Reconstruction Method
November 19, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
UIC Urban Transportation Center Fall Seminar Series
Learn more and register


Mobility Justice

With California making the slow move towards banning the sale of gas-powered vehicles, what can the state do to ensure that everyone can participate in the zero-emission vehicle future? EV carshare and affordable e-bike options would help break key barriers, according to Greenbiz.

According to Streetsblog Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot is in the final stages of her new capital spending plan that would invest billions of dollars to fix the city’s aging infrastructure—with an eye on fortifying bridges, viaducts, and underpasses—while promising equitable action for communities in desperate need of public financial resources.

Virginia steps towards cleaner transportation initiatives with the launch of six new electric buses for Hampton Roads Transit as part of the multi-state Transportation and Climate Initiative to curb regional emissions and invest in underserved and overburdened communities negatively affected by air pollution.

Using equity data from the Livable Streets Alliance, Boston’s MBTA launched 14 miles of dedicated bus lanes to keep essential workers, who are mostly made up of low-income people of color in the region, moving during the pandemic as part of its Rapid Response Bus Lanes program.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Contactless P2P carsharing models like Getaround are proving to be a robust mobility operation that are successfully navigating the seemingly-volatile environment for transportation during the pandemic era, according to a PYMNTS interview with Getaround CEO Sam Zaid.

Does the presence of ridehailing options in cities like New York help reduce the amount of reported sexual assaults incidents? One study looks at how the on-demand, location-based nature of the mobility mode correlates to sexual assault crimes that can specifically occur in more transit-deprived and nightlife-heavy neighborhoods.

European ridehailing company FreeNow will offer an electric-only booking option for corporate riders to help cut on travel emissions and give users a new way to sustainably get around their cities.

Get ready Madison, WI for a new ridehailing option by startup Mobile22 that utilizes partnerships with local taxi companies—including one fleet with 55 all-electric cabs—to give local operators and residents a clean mobility alternative to driving.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Streetsblog NYC sits down with London’s Walking & Cycling Commissioner Will Norman to talk about how the bicycle is a key solution to improving air quality and public health, and how designing the urban landscape for safe, socially-distanced public spaces can foster active transportation.

Austin, TX plans to propel cycling and walking efforts by a cool $460 million with the historic pass of Proposition B that, as PeopleForBikes firmly predicts, will take the city to the heights of becoming one of America’s greatest biking cities.

Hear from Kyle Rowe, micromobility company SPIN’s Global Head of Government Partnerships, and his experience working with the Seattle Department of Transportation on making the switch from a financially-strapped docked bikeshare system to a completely restructured dockless system driven by forward-thinking policy on the Talking Headways Podcast.

“I avoid driving cars because when I get behind the wheel, I have fewer civil rights than everyone else.” Meet Portland City Commissioner-elect Mingus Mapps, a single, cycling father of two who wants to build better biking infrastructure for the city and fight systematic racism in traffic enforcement.

Transit

Thanks in part to efforts by local transportation officials, voters in Austin TX approved a $7.1 billion Proposition A ballot measure that promises an extensive public transit expansion across the area. Now, believes Capital Metro CEO Randy Clarke, is when the real work starts to make it a reality.

You can now keep pedaling on after taking the Metra as the agency pilots bike cars for the Milwaukee District North Line while temporarily easing bike restrictions on all 11 lines, giving multimodal options a boost as the pandemic keeps Metra ridership down by more than 90%.

President-elect Joe Biden wants to “provide every American city with 100,000 or more residents with high-quality, zero-emissions public transportation”, according to his administration’s Build Back Better website, to address issues surrounding climate change, the workforce, and transportation access.

Transportation incentives app Velocia has teamed up with Miami-Dade County to offer vouchers that can be used for ridehail, carshare, bikeshare, and ferry trips to transit riders who complete in-app surveys and commit to off-peak traveling on Metrobus.

Technology

Walmart and GM’s Cruise arm will start testing driverless delivery vehicles in Scottsdale, AZ in 2021 to compete in the growing autonomous goods/food delivery race that also includes giants Amazon and Ford.

Speaking of Ford, the automaker has finally taken the wraps off of its all-electric model of the commercially-popular Transit delivery van line, dubbed E-Transit, that carries 126 miles of range and a $45,000 price tag.

E-bikes will enable safer streets for Amsterdam residents in the near future thanks to a new government-backed project in collaboration with manufacturers, that will automatically shut down the e-bikes electric motor when it enters “residential or built-up areas” in the metro.

Transportation solutions company First Transit has tapped mobility app Moovit to bring more integrated ‘Mobility as a Service’ tech to millions of riders across the US and Canada, enabling users to plan, book, and pay for all types of mobility modes through one app.

Sustainability

President-elect Joe Biden has already released a comprehensive plan to fight climate change and Vox pulls ten key orders—including strong vehicle-emissions standards and boosting ZEV adoption—with the potential to build clean energy resilience throughout the nation.

What are “climate reparations” and how can they fundamentally change the way emissions-heavy countries aid those displaced by climate-related disasters? Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists defines the need for them and why the Global North must face its “climate debt” as payment towards international environmental justice.

Officials in Mexico have voted in favor of adding a new amendment to the country’s constitution that dictates, “Every person has the right to mobility under conditions of safety, accessibility, efficiency, sustainability, quality, inclusion and equality”— a bold move we wholeheartedly support.

Pittsburgh, like many US cities, is grappling with increasingly dangerous streets brought on by car-centric travel, but the city’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure envisions a calmed-down, protected future (and present) for road safety that’s equitable for everyone—not just drivers.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFI: Clean Mobility Provider Directory 2.0
Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program
California
Deadline: December 11, 2020

The Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program administrator team is conducting a second RFI process to expand and update the existing CMO Clean Mobility Provider Directory. The intended audiences for this RFI are professional mobility operators, vehicle suppliers, infrastructure suppliers, and software providers who are interested in partnering with lead applicants to provide and support zero-emission shared mobility services in eligible communities throughout the State.

RFI: Mobility Integration Platforms
Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo)
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: November 30, 2020


Did someone forward this to you? Sign up for our newsletter here.

Share the Mobility Hub:

The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 13, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
The Micromobility Policy Atlas: How Cities Are Managing Shared Bikes and Scooters for the Public Good https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/the-micromobility-policy-atlas-collaboration-for-the-public-good/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-micromobility-policy-atlas-collaboration-for-the-public-good Thu, 12 Nov 2020 20:53:49 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=11117 The post The Micromobility Policy Atlas: How Cities Are Managing Shared Bikes and Scooters for the Public Good appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>

A new tool for harnessing the potential of micromobility services like bike- and scooter-sharing, the Micromobility Policy Atlas is a collaboration between the SUMC, the New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO), and WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities (WRI). The searchable database catalogs more than 100 micromobility policies and regulatory frameworks from over two dozen countries, with the goal of equipping decision-makers and researchers with a cross section of management approaches worldwide.

Bike- and scooter-sharing are efficient, affordable, environmentally sound mobility services that enable quick, short trips in urban areas without the need for a car. The policies compiled by the Atlas show how dozens of cities are working to maximize the public value and wide access to these modes while offsetting potential downsides.

The Atlas classifies micromobility policies across nearly a dozen areas of regulation, providing English-language information on guidelines, permits, and laws from local and state/provincial levels dating from the earliest days of the dockless micromobility explosion. Included are operating rules like parking and use of bike lanes; fleet caps, fees, and fares; equity plans and requirements; and data standards and communications guidelines, as well as links to the original policy documents in their native languages.

“The sudden advent of micromobility services caught many cities and public agencies off guard. With this tool, they can quickly analyze and assess how their peers are regulating micromobility and keep up to date with the latest regulatory innovations that others are trying out,” says Harriet Tregoning, NUMO’s director.

“The global scope of the tool lets us share learning and collaborate on solutions,” says SUMC founder and Executive Director Sharon Feigon, “so we can better address global challenges like COVID-19 and climate change.”

The Micromobility Policy Atlas is part of SUMC’s MOD Learning Center, a suite of free tools, information, and documents from the world of shared mobility, and will continue to grow as new policies and analyses are added in coming months.

Read about findings from the Atlas and how cities are managing micromobility’s rapid expansion for the public benefit on WRI’s TheCityFix

The post The Micromobility Policy Atlas: How Cities Are Managing Shared Bikes and Scooters for the Public Good appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 5, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-november-5-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-november-5-2020 Thu, 05 Nov 2020 20:20:49 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=11089 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 5, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>

Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

SUMC News and Announcements

A Message from our Founder & Executive Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

At this stressful moment, we want to cheer the gains for transit and addressing climate change as measures were approved across the country in Austin, San Antonio, Seattle, Missoula, Denver, and in California’s San Francisco’s Bay Area.

From Austin’s transit expansion that would double the city’s light-rail network and grow its bus and bikeshare service to Caltrain’s Measure RR that would expand service, increase train frequency, and make the commuter rail system more affordable for lower-income riders, we applaud the transit innovation that continues despite, and because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We encourage all of us to work together to make sure that temporary pandemic improvements in mobility—initiatives that slow streets and improve pedestrian access, expand micromobility and low carbon transportation, and boost transit to better serve all communities—become long-term solutions. Our work to ensure mobility for all is intricately tied to our work for democracy. Progress is not always easy, but we are making strides.

Best Regards,


Sharon Feigon
Executive Director

It’s not too late to impact state climate policy

How States are Moving the Emissions Needle
A webinar and workshop on policy tools to decarbonize transportation
Friday, November 20th, at 10:30 am Pacific/12:30 pm Central/1:30 pm Eastern

Global climate change has already had observable effects on the environment and published evidence points to these changes increasing over time. In other words, we need to act now. The Shared-Use Mobility Center is holding a webinar and workshop focused on state and multi-state tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, funding sustainable transportation, and enacting policy change. It features speakers from across the country as well as optional breakout sessions on advancing change in the statehouse, the interaction between state and local government, and funding the efforts needed for change.

Speakers include:


Vicki Arroyo
Executive Director
Georgetown Climate Center


Sam Gregor
Manager, Planning and Regulatory Development Section
California Air Resources Board


Ashwat Narayanan
Executive Director
Our Streets Minneapolis

New Resource for Transit and Shared Mobility Funding Strategies

The Learning Center’s Shared Mobility Funding Strategies Learning Module explores potential funding options available for cities, transit agencies, and NGOs for shared mobility initiatives. Organized by traditional and innovative sources through both government and partnership funding, it offers multimodal examples, along with definitions and links, from cities across the U.S.
Explore the Learning Module.

Events on our radar:

Detroit Community Forum: Building a Strong and More Equitable Future
November 12, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Project Hometown, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
Learn more and register

Collaborative Mobility Virtual Conference 2020
November 17-20, 2020
CoMoUK
Learn more and register

Measuring, Managing, and Maximizing Transportation Happiness Using Smartphone-Aided Day Reconstruction Method
November 19, 2020, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
UIC Urban Transportation Center Fall Seminar Series
Learn more and register


Mobility Justice

Last month, a group of local organizations in Chicago, including our friends over at Equiticity, held an environmental and racial justice bike ride that toured the North Lawndale and Little Village areas to build solidarity and equitable action for the disadvantaged Black and Brown communities. Read about the event’s activities on South Side Weekly.

With the start of the South Cook Fair Transit pilot program slated to start in January, Streetsblog Chicago catches us up on the support (and opposition) around the plan that wants to prioritize affordable transit options for people on the South Side by reducing fares for Metra riders.

Read about (and watch) the stories of cyclists who navigate physical barriers such as disabilities and systemic barriers like structural racism, misogyny, and mental health issues while pedaling two wheels on Streetsblog USA.

Peace Peloton started as an impulsive biking event in Seattle by local Reginald “Doc” Wilson to build economic reform for the Black community. Months later, the movement has made eleven rides that gather hundreds of cyclists to demonstrate for racial justice and show support for black-owned businesses—and it’s just getting started.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

In a 58 to 41 percent split, Proposition 22, that exempts companies like Uber and Lyft from classifying workers as employees per California’s AB5 labor law, has passed in the state, according to The Verge.

A new on-demand ride service called Connecting Across Rowan for Seniors is helping those with limited mobility get to medical appointments using Lyft and Uber trips—and all by phone with the help of California-based transportation solutions company GoGo Grandparent.

Chinese bikesharing startup Hellobike has its sights set on taking on ridehailing giant Didi Chuxing at its own game with initial tests for a ridehail service in multiple cities around the country.

Time to upgrade the pedicab, at least that’s what Oxfordshire-based manufacturer Electric Assisted Vehicles wants to do with its latest design for an ultra-lightweight urban vehicle that uses an electric pedal-assist drive to transport people in a quick, zero-emissions flash.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

The 2020 bike boom brought on by the ongoing pandemic has spurred mass cycling in all parts of the US. Can cities keep the momentum rolling with clean mobility policies? Mobility advocate David Zipper believes so in his latest feature in Bloomberg CityLab.

Dockless scooters are a cleaner, more space efficient alternative to autos for short city trips, but their small wheelbases and upright riding position can be tricky and dangerous for inexperienced riders—but a thoughtful redesign and transit card integration could flip that problem on its head.

DC officials have approved new regulations for dockless e-scooters that include lock-to rules for the vehicles for better sidewalk clutter management and allows for future expansion of “a maximum of 20,000 devices by Oct. 1, 2023”.

Micromobility expert (and SUMC board member) Emily Warren spells out the importance of cities prioritizing safety, pushing innovative tech solutions, and placing access and equity at the forefront to get the formula for dockless vehicles right.

Transit

Interested in seeing how transit fared on November 3rd? Check out this updated transportation ballot summary from transportation researcher Yonah Freemark aka The Transport Politic, that covers the most important transportation questions for the US Election by state.

The New York MTA’s innovative Tech Transit Lab program has chosen eight finalists, as part of the lab’s COVID-19 Response Challenge, that offered solutions to merge technology, pandemic response, and public transit to solve key health and safety barriers for essential workers and MTA riders.

Massachusetts public transit service faces $150 million in oncoming cuts as the MBTA’s Fiscal Management and Control Board struggles with lack of investment, but the Public Transit, Public Good Coalition is calling for the state legislature to step in and save the “T” for the essential workers who rely on it.

Eight years after Hurricane Sandy hit the shores of New York and New Jersey, transit agencies like NJ Transit have yet to complete billions of dollars of flood prevention infrastructure projects because of the latest crisis that has rocked the East Coast (and the world): COVID-19.

Technology

Autonomous tech company Waymo has unveiled a new set of reports detailing the 6.1 million miles it has covered, with one report citing 18 “contact events” (read: vehicle crash incidents) and 29 near-miss collisions (some recorded in simulations) since January last year.

Ford will take the wraps off of its all-electric cargo van for the commercial market next week at a virtual event. TechCrunch spills the details on the automaker’s electrification strategy and insights.

Great work CapMetro! The Austin, TX transit agency recently demonstrated interoperability across Proterra and New Flyer electric buses and chargers after working closely with the partner OEMs.

Self-reporting crowding in public transit has rolled out to 35 cities in the Transit app to bring a crowdsourced solution to mass transportation rides that is “88 percent as accurate as real-time crowd counters.”

Sustainability

Check out the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning’s latest video featuring the usefulness of its Sidewalk Inventory data resource covering sidewalk quality, safety, and availability on 30,000 miles of roads around Illinois. CMAP’s site gives you more information about the data and ways you can use it to improve your community.

Exercising your right to vote, even by horseback. Learn how one Native American woman started a “Ride to the Polls” initiative in in Navajo County, Arizona to combat the limited access to transportation options for voting while helping turn out the vote for Indigenous rural residents and youth on a ten-mile route—all while on horseback.

How could the evolution of the workspace change during the pandemic? Chief innovation officer at Gehl Architects Jeff Risom believes it would look like a dedicated “fourth space” for cities that intertwines multi-company areas with your local, neighborhood public space with a deep connection to decentralized daily activity.

After years of attempting to create safer walking and street conditions for their community, Reverend Rachel Green in Durham, NC, along with other community members, will now make it a reality on four streets that will be turned into pedestrian-friendly shared streets after receiving a grant from the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFI: RideShare Software
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Des Moines, Iowa
Deadline: November 9, 2020

RFQ: Buffalo Niagara’s Region Central: Utilizing the Scajaquada Corridor to Create Vibrant and Healthy Communities
Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council
Buffalo, NY
Deadline:  November 10, 2020

RFI: Mobility Integration Platforms
Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo)
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: November 30, 2020


Did someone forward this to you? Sign up for our newsletter here.

Share the Mobility Hub:

The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: November 5, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 29, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-october-29-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-october-29-2020 Thu, 29 Oct 2020 17:30:44 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=11047 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 29, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>

Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

SUMC News and Announcements

 

The series kicked off on October 27 with the Mobility Hubs to Connect Communities Webinar and Workshop

This two-part virtual event featured presentations of mobility hubs projects led by nonprofit organizations, a metropolitan planning organization, and city governments from the United States and Europe; then broke out into discussion sessions focused on mobility hubs in four different contexts: Regional, City, Community, and European. Watch the recording and learn more about this event on the MOD Learning Center.

Next in our Series:
How States are Moving the Emissions Needle

A webinar and workshop on policy tools to decarbonize transportation
Friday, November 20th, at 10:30 am Pacific/12:30 pm Central/1:30 pm Eastern

Mark your calendars for this action-oriented discussion on state and multi-state tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, funding sustainable transportation, and enacting policy change. It features speakers from the Georgetown Climate Center, the California Air Resources Board, and Our Streets Minneapolis, as well as breakout sessions on advancing change in the statehouse, the interaction between state and local government, and funding the efforts needed for change. Register here and stay tuned for exciting details.

New on the MOD Learning Center: Shared Mobility Funding Strategies Learning Module

Yes, governments (federal and subsequently state and local) provide a substantial amount of funding for transit agency operations and transportation initiatives. But as the shared mobility industry is well aware, this is often not enough for both operations and service improvements, especially with heightened safety measures and ridership drops due to the ongoing pandemic.

In this light, the Funding Strategies Learning Module was designed to be a functional guide and glossary of funding possibilities. Organized by “traditional” and “innovative” government and partnership strategies, it offers examples of bikeshare, carshare, microtransit, mobile integration, multimodal transportation, paratransit, and public transit examples from six US cities. Explore the Learning Module.

Transportation is on the ballot

A lot is riding on this election. Funding for cities and transportation agencies, federal climate policy, infrastructure priorities, and more will be shaped by the results of the US Presidential Election on November 3, 2020. Knowing the importance of getting out the vote, ridehailing companies, cities, and voting rights groups are offering options to help you get to the polls.

For live election results with a transportation focus, our friends at the Overhead Wire will be streaming updates on YouTube.

Events on our radar:

CoMoUK’s Collaborative Mobility Virtual Conference 2020
November 17-20, 2020
CoMoUK, which leads integrated mobility solutions designed for the public good in the UK, is holding their conference virtually this year. The 4-day-event will feature 8 sessions and over 35 speakers addressing topics including COVID-19 and mobility, decarbonization, urban micro-mobility, community mobility hubs, sustainable rural transport, strategy and procurement, and the vision for 2025. Learn more and register for this free event.

UIC’s Urban Transportation Center is hosting an exploration of “humanistic” planning practices as part of their Fall 2020 Seminar Series. “Measuring, Managing, and Maximizing Transportation Happiness Using Smartphone-Aided Day Reconstruction Method” will feature Dr. Yingling Fan, Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Minnesota. Registration is complimentary.


Mobility Justice

The modern US streetcar: a quaint travel option for tourists in mostly-white areas, not a useful, reliable transit service for Black communities, finds this new study about “colorblind” transit planning in the Journal of Race, Ethnicity and the City.

The Active Transportation Alliance recommends key racial equity strategies to combat the disproportionate burdens that Black and Brown neighborhoods in Chicago face in fatal auto crashes and speed violation enforcement in light of Mayor Lightfoot’s proposed lowering of the ticketing threshold for speed cameras from 10 mph to 6 mph.

The Proposition A ballot measure in Austin, TX targets massive investment in transit infrastructure for the city, but the effects of decades of gentrification and displacement have left low-income, POC communities skeptical of promises by city leaders and officials.

Greater Greater Washington along with 12 DC-based organizations have come together to form the DC Transportation Equity Network (DC TEN) to strengthen mobility justice efforts in the region to better connect disenfranchised residents with more equitable and sustainable transportation options.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Uber drivers are suing the ridehailing giant after receiving a bombardment of in-app messages from the company pushing a “Yes” vote on California’s Proposition 22 ballot measure, which exempts ridehail operators from classifying their drivers as employees.

Carsharing has had a bumpy ride in the US, with many services falling out of operation or heavily scaling back to cut costs. The Twin Cities Electric Vehicle Mobility Network hopes to reverse that trend with an equitable, electrified, and publicly-owned carshare system that serves the most transportation-deprived and historically underserved areas.

People in designated LA County areas will have a new city-run, shared ridehailing service in December, dubbed Metro Micro, that will offer “an introductory rate of $1 per ride” and include TAP card fare payment integration.

Google Maps has unveiled a new platform for ridehail and goods/food delivery businesses that allows for more optimized route-prediction features for drivers and real-time delivery order information to give customers a more accurate ETA.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

What could make DC a cycling hotspot while offering a more sustainable lifestyle? Greater Greater Washington lays out six key “spokes” to increase safe biking access in the region and how that can create policies and culture to keep people rolling on two (or three) wheels.

After a lengthy delay, dockless bikeshare is now bound for NYC-borough Staten Island with a planned (but not finalized) roll out of 350 pedal-assist e-bikes in March by cycling company Beryl.

Learn about the ways insurance can be structured around the micromobility industry for companies and users in the US while accounting for rider safety and regulation in this micromobility insurance deep dive.

Street design and dedicated infrastructure can both help decrease pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths. The League of American Bicyclists and National Complete Streets Coalition list four lessons learned that show safety targets Congress should consider to make roads less dangerous for non-motorists.

Transit

VIDEO: Watch Vox’s frankly titled, “Why America’s transit is so bad” which covers the history of transportation planning and travel demand in the US and how the creation of the interstate highway system forced auto-dependency and suburban sprawl on millions —in under 10 minutes.

Public transit-focused measures (16 for November’s ballot) are in voters’ hands and the outcome could determine transportation decisions for millions of people in the US that heavily rely on the bus or train for essential travel. Governing details how these measures stack up for cities and regions in the political landscape.

TransitCenter’s updated Transit Insights tool that tracks, visualizes, and highlights changes in public transit ridership and other indicators for US cities. Learn about the latest version and try it here.

LA will see a redesigned bus system with the city’s agency approving the new NextGen plan to boost bus service frequency for popular routes to make the vehicles “arrive every five to 10 minutes for 83 percent of current riders ” as the plan’s end goal.

Technology

Data-informed decision-making is on the roster at the USDOT, which awarded four vendors (including mobility data company Populus) around $50,000 each for data-driven studies of transportation issues, such as pedestrian/biking safety and roadway intersection crashes.

A new study from the University of Michigan’s Mcity facility shows that riders and nonriders who interacted with the self-driving shuttles being tested around the campus had a high level of trust around the automated vehicles—with 86% of riders and 66% of nonriders feeling confident.

Aptiv and Hyundai’s driverless tech collaboration Motional has teamed up with ridehailing company Via to launch a robo-taxi service in the US during the first half of 2021 in one of Motional’s existing US markets.

Automated and connected vehicle company Oxbotica will be trialing six autonomous Ford Mondeos in Oxford along a nine-mile round trip area as part of the UK government-backed Project Endeavour that includes driverless vehicle tests in three major UK metros that will run until Autumn 2021.

Sustainability

London’s low-traffic neighborhoods (LTNs) that open up streets for biking and walking look to be popular, or at least favored among a majority of residents, based on a recent Greenpeace poll that found “26% of people strongly supported LTNs, and 31% would “tend” to”.

Mobility Lab has a bone to pick with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Pedestrian Safety Month” campaign, which puts the responsibility of street safety on pedestrians, not drivers and auto-centric planning.

The rise of electric vehicles has great potential to jump-start clean transportation projects from governments while fortifying the economy in many cities and regions around the world, according to the latest blog post from the World Resources Institute, by growing demand for EVs, charging infrastructure, sustainable mobility incentives, and stimulus packages that highlight zero-emissions travel.

Restrictive zoning laws have left cities unable to keep up with housing demand, which has led to the persistence of unsustainable suburban sprawl and stark segregation for communities of color. The Brookings Institute examines how these practices have cut affordable living options and, thankfully, how they can be reversed to foster more inclusive, land-efficient neighborhoods.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

NEW RFP: $200 Million For Renewable Energy Supplier for All City-Owned Buildings
City of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Deadline: November 6, 2020

RFI: RideShare Software
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Des Moines, Iowa
Deadline: November 9, 2020

RFQ: Buffalo Niagara’s Region Central: Utilizing the Scajaquada Corridor to Create Vibrant and Healthy Communities
Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council
Buffalo, NY
Deadline:  November 10, 2020

RFI: Mobility Integration Platforms
Indianapolis Public Transportation Corporation (IndyGo)
Indianapolis, IN
Deadline: November 30, 2020


Did someone forward this to you? Sign up for our newsletter here.

Share the Mobility Hub:

The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 29, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 22, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-october-22-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-october-22-2020 Thu, 22 Oct 2020 17:08:27 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=11025 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 22, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>

Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

SUMC News and Announcements

SUMC, FTA create a national program to foster mobility innovation in transit communities

The Shared-Use Mobility Center is partnering with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to establish a new, far-reaching program to foster mobility innovation. The Accelerating Innovative Mobility National Network (AIM-NNet) will work closely with public transportation agencies, communities, and regions to adopt leading-edge mobility solutions by providing technical assistance, peer learning, and best practices to pilots and projects.

SUMC’s AIM-NNET innovation network will have an expansive focus, including transit and share mobility integration, first- and last-mile solutions, Maas applications, automation, electrification, and more. It will start with 50 different agencies but looks to expand its work well beyond that. By nurturing ideas and providing the expertise to build, test, and scale pilots and projects, SUMC’s AIM-NNET innovation network will advance multimodal transportation systems for all. Stay tuned for more exciting news in the coming months.

Read the Press Release

First Micromobility Policy Atlas Launched on the Learning Center

The Micromobility Policy Atlas is a robust database of local bike- and scooter-sharing regulations from 25 countries. Cities, agencies, and communities can easily access and learn from nearly a dozen areas of regulation with English-language information on guidelines, permits, and laws from local and state/provincial levels dating from 2017.

In light of the unprecedented challenges the world faces today, the governments are evaluating their relationship with micromobility, infrastructure, and land use. The Atlas empowers decision-makers to manage bike- and scooter-sharing services that maximize public goals.

Learn more about the Atlas
Try out the Atlas now

Reminder:
Mobility Hubs to Connect Communities Webinar and Workshop 

October 27, 2020
Noon – 1:30pm EDT | 11:00am – 12:30pm CDT | 9:00 am – 10:30am PDT


Mobility Justice

The LA Times examines 16 cases where bike stops from law enforcement ended up in mostly fatal shootings of the rider in LA County, with a majority of the stops happening in largely Black and Latino communities. Yet further proof of the “disparate and discriminatory enforcement” of vehicle violations in the US.

Portland’s proposed Get Moving 2020 measure would tax businesses with 25+ employees to aid in expanding pedestrian/biking infrastructure and electrifying transit to benefit historically disenfranchised neighborhoods of color. Opposition to the measure is being led by Nike, who ironically just released an ad with the phrase “don’t turn your back on racism”.

The promise of the “Great Migration” was a racist reality for Black Chicagoans and tensions came to a head in the Race Riot of 1919. A self-guided bike tour created last year on the 100th anniversary of the tragedy aims to keep memory alive.

WATCH: Public health researcher Nahomi Amberber, in a Webinar series by Canada’s Learning in Colour, talks about how a lack of equitable access to affordable transportation options and active transportation resources can create a cascade of public health issues that are only exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic.

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Uber and South Korea’s SK Telecom have formed a partnership for a new joint venture subsidiary called T Map Mobility that will leverage $100 million to create a “subscription-based mobility-as-a-service offering” that includes ridehailing, rental cars, and parking integration.

P2P carsharing is seeing rapid growth from Getaround (with global revenue more than doubling since the start of the pandemic) and now the company has raised $140 million in series funding led by PeopleFund.

Read about Ugandan ridehailing startup Diva Taxi that has helped women who have lost their jobs due to the economic downturn from COVID by training and hiring only female drivers in this socially-conservative country.

To build on its Uber Eats brand and on-demand services, the ridehailing company will start delivering over-the-counter medicine in South Africa to compete in the country’s pharmacy-dominated, medicines delivery market.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

According to Streetsblog Chicago, the Second City could learn a thing or two from San Jose’s Better Bike Plan 2025 that aims for 15% of all trips to be made by a bike by 2040 and prioritizes Vision Zero and bike safety equity for disadvantaged areas.

After studying around 500 scooter and bike riders, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that “nearly 3 out of 5 e-scooter riders were injured riding on the sidewalk”, noting a major problem with cities having a lack of dedicated lane infrastructure for bikes and e-scooters.

Mexican Bike advocacy group Bicitekas will be retrofitting and de-electrifying 1,600 bikes from Uber’s JUMP brand, after the mobility company reversed its controversial scrapping practices, giving boroughs outside of Mexico City’s bikeshare network a sustainable cycling option.

Wichita will see its bikeshare system revived as new partner Tandem Mobility picks up the reins from previous owners Zagster, with the new outfit gearing up for a December 1 start date.

Transit

Check out the MTA’s new live digital map for New York’s subway system that uses the agency’s data to show real-time updates with individual train movement, line arrivals for stations, and markers for wheelchair-accessible platforms.

Stranding protestors by shutting down public transportation in cities like Chicago only hurts Black and Brown communities that disproportionately rely on it, and leaves essential workers bearing the brunt of limited mobility options. SUMC, along with 12 other local transportation and equity advocacy organizations, condemn this misuse of a public utility that ends up punishing the most marginalized communities.

The state of public transportation in the US is a dire one, with many agencies facing the bottom of the barrel on dedicated transit funding to continue operating so that jobs and local economies stay afloat. The very outcome of the upcoming Presidential Election will very much set the stage for the future viability of many cities’ transit networks and livelihood.

Transportation researcher Yonah Freemark, aka the Transport Politic, drills into how federal, state, and local governments spend on surface-level transportation infrastructure and how building sustainable, equitable mobility infrastructure requires a federal stimulus and action from lower levels of government.

Technology

In partnership with ElectReon and Dan Bus Company, the City of Tel Aviv has announced a new pilot program that will charge electric public buses using under-road EV charging infrastructure on a 2-kilometer stretch between Tel Aviv University Railway Station and Klatzkin Terminal in Ramat Aviv.

Ford believes it’s ready for commercial self-driving vehicle prime time in a new announcement detailing its fourth-generation autonomous test vehicle that uses the automaker’s Escape SUV outfitted with a high-resolution LiDAR sensor. Later this month, the company plans to start field testing the new model in Austin, Detroit, Miami, Palo Alto, Pittsburgh and Washington, DC.

Matthew Lipk, the head of policy at autonomous delivery startup Nuro, discusses the benefits of automated goods delivery to help people save time, especially in suburban and rural areas. Tune in on the Talking Headways podcast.

The Lausanne campus for Switzerland’s EPFL university will conduct a two-month self-driving shuttle pilot that will help deliver meals and local goods for the campus in collaboration with Chinese firm Neolix and the Swiss Post.

Sustainability

Bloomberg lists nine reasons why we need to decriminalizing or outright remove the often victim-blaming jaywalking laws that lead to more dangerous city streets for pedestrians everywhere.

What happens when you leave cars out of the city street equation? Scottish metro Edinburgh did just that for its two busiest streets and now have safer, cleaner pedestrian-only zones—and more cities around the world need to jump on this trend.

#BuildBackBetter has been a rallying cry for cities to stay resilient, resourceful, and future-focused as the pandemic rages on, and cities have responded by retrofitting commercial space for multi-use operations and creating tactical urbanist solutions for street infrastructure to revitalize their urban cores.

Walkability is king in ITDP’s new Pedestrians First walkability-measuring tool for city planners, sustainable mobility advocates, and ped-friendly advocates to examine transit-access, people-centric infrastructure, and pathway design for neighborhoods worldwide.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

RFP: Three Health Care Shuttles for Salem County Senior Residents and Limited Disabled Residents, and General Population in a Rural Area
Salem County
Salem, New Jersey
Deadline: November 5, 2020

NEW RFP: $200 Million For Renewable Energy Supplier for All City-Owned Buildings
City of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Deadline: November 6, 2020

RFI: RideShare Software
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Des Moines, Iowa
Deadline: November 9, 2020

RFQ: Buffalo Niagara’s Region Central: Utilizing the Scajaquada Corridor to Create Vibrant and Healthy Communities
Greater Buffalo Niagara Regional Transportation Council
Buffalo, NY
Deadline:  November 10, 2020


Did someone forward this to you? Sign up for our newsletter here.

Share the Mobility Hub:

The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 22, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
First micromobility policy database describes over 100 shared bike and scooter policies in 25 countries https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/first-micromobility-policy-database-describes-over-100-shared-bike-and-scooter-policies-in-25-countries/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=first-micromobility-policy-database-describes-over-100-shared-bike-and-scooter-policies-in-25-countries Wed, 21 Oct 2020 17:16:34 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=11012 The Micromobility Policy Atlas, a collaboration between the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC), the New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO), and the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, provides a new set...

The post First micromobility policy database describes over 100 shared bike and scooter policies in 25 countries appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
The Micromobility Policy Atlas, a collaboration between the Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC), the New Urban Mobility alliance (NUMO), and the WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, provides a new set of tools to understand the different ways cities are approaching the regulation of micromobility services like bike- and scooter-sharing.

With a database cataloging more than 100 micromobility policies and management approaches from over two dozen countries, the Atlas empowers decision-makers to guide the effective management of bike- and scooter-sharing services, maximizing public goals while reining in disruptive effects.

“SUMC provides tools and resources for agencies to help promote a greater understanding of how to get the most value from these services. We hope this new collaborative Atlas will add to that body of knowledge so we can continue to expand mobility for all.”

Sharon Feigon, Founder and Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center

“The sudden advent of micromobility services caught many cities and public agencies off guard. With this tool, they can quickly analyze and assess how their peers are regulating micromobility and keep up to date with the latest regulatory innovations that others are trying out. NUMO is thrilled to collaborate with WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities and SUMC in this effort, and we are glad to add the Micromobility Policy Atlas to our suite of tools to help cities better address the challenges and opportunities created by new technologies in the transportation sector.”

Harriet Tregoning, Director, New Urban Mobility alliance

For every city in the database, the Atlas classifies micromobility policies across nearly a dozen areas of regulation, providing English-language information on guidelines, permits, and laws from local and state/provincial levels dating from 2017. Included are operating rules like parking and use of bike lanes; fleet size limits, fees, and fares; equity plans and requirements; and data and communications guidelines, as well as links to the original policy documents.

“The global scope of the tool lets us share learning and collaborate on solutions,” says Feigon, “so we can better address global challenges like COVID-19 and climate change.”

The Micromobility Policy Atlas was created as part of SUMC’s Mobility on Demand (MOD) Learning Center, a suite of free tools, information, and documents from the world of shared mobility, and will continue to grow as new policies and analyses are added in coming months.

Explore the Micromobility Policy Atlas

MEDIA CONTACT: Leslie Gray
TECHNICAL CONTACT: Colin Murphy
Shared-Use Mobility Center

The post First micromobility policy database describes over 100 shared bike and scooter policies in 25 countries appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
SUMC, FTA create a national program to foster mobility innovation in transit communities https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/sumc-fta-partner-to-create-a-national-program-to-foster-mobility-innovation-across-the-transit-community/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=sumc-fta-partner-to-create-a-national-program-to-foster-mobility-innovation-across-the-transit-community Tue, 20 Oct 2020 15:38:17 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=10995 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 10.21.20 (Chicago, IL) The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) will establish and operate the Accelerating Innovative Mobility National Network (AIM-NNet) through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Transit...

The post SUMC, FTA create a national program to foster mobility innovation in transit communities appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10.21.20

(Chicago, IL) The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) will establish and operate the Accelerating Innovative Mobility National Network (AIM-NNet) through a cooperative agreement with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to provide technical assistance to projects advancing innovations in public transportation around America, including 25 recent recipients of the Accelerating Innovative Mobility (AIM) Challenge Grants.

AIM-NNet aims to help public transportation agencies, communities, and regions across the United States adopt innovative mobility solutions encompassing automation, electrification, new shared mobility modes, flexible on-demand shuttles, and improvements to transit access and information.

“We really applaud the FTA for supporting these innovations at such a critical time. We need new approaches to expand safe, efficient, and affordable mobility options. These projects are examining state-of-the-art ideas, and we will work with the agencies to understand and share what works and how to scale up these solutions to transform transit as we know it today.”
–Sharon Feigon, Founder and Executive Director, Shared-Use Mobility Center

“AIM-NNet reinforces our commitment to creating healthy, strong communities by enhancing public transportation through innovation. With SUMC leading technical assistance efforts, we can help communities and transit agencies expand multimodal options and create tools to help agencies adopt novel approaches for the greater good.”
–Gwo-Wei Torng, Director, Office of Mobility Innovation, Federal Transit Administration

SUMC operates an extensive Learning Center, researches and analyzes new transportation modes, and fosters peer learning. In addition, SUMC has experience providing research and technical assistance for other FTA programs such as the Mobility on Demand (MOD) Sandbox, MOD On-Ramp, and the Integrated Mobility Innovation (IMI) initiative. The National Network will spearhead mobility innovation projects that incorporate new service delivery models, creative financing, novel partnerships, and integrated payment.

Shared-Use Mobility Center

The Shared-Use Mobility Center is a public-interest nonprofit dedicated to creating a multimodal transportation system that is equitable, accessible, and environmentally sound. Through piloting programs, conducting new research, and providing policy and technical expertise to cities and regions, SUMC seeks to extend the benefits of shared mobility for all.

Media Contact: Leslie Gray
Shared-Use Mobility Center
(312) 448-8083 Ext. 403
Leslie@sharedusemobilitycenter.org

The post SUMC, FTA create a national program to foster mobility innovation in transit communities appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>
Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 15, 2020 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/mobility-hub-newsletter-october-15-2020/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=mobility-hub-newsletter-october-15-2020 Thu, 15 Oct 2020 17:00:19 +0000 https://sharedusemobilitycenter.org/?p=10977 The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 15, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>

Welcome to the Shared-Use Mobility Center’s weekly guide to the most impactful news, thought-provoking articles and innovative technologies that are shaping our transportation future. We believe in sharing information, just like sharing cars, bikes, and scooters, so if there’s anything additional you’d like to see, just drop us a line.

SUMC News and Announcements

Speakers Announced for the Mobility Hubs Webinar and Workshop
October 27, 2020
Noon – 1:30pm EST | 11:00am – 12:30pm CST | 9:00 am – 10:30am PST
The Shared-Use Mobility Center (SUMC) is excited to announce that the following speakers from the United States and Europe will share their diverse experiences developing mobility hubs in the Mobility Hubs to Connect Communities Webinar and Workshop. This two-part, virtual event will focus on planning and implementation— featuring discussions on ways Mobility Hubs can provide community services in different environments and breakout sessions discussing common challenges and sharing resources to overcome these hurdles.

The Mobility Hubs to Connect Communities webinar is the first in SUMC’s Path to the Shared Mobility Summit series.

Danielle Kochman
Mobility Planning Manager
San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG)

Jasna Hadzic-Stanek
Transportation Planner
City of Minneapolis

Joy Massey
Program Manager
TransForm

Rebecca Karbaumer
Sustainable Mobility Project Coordinator
City of Bremen, Germany

Sharon Feigon
Founder and Executive Director
Shared-Use Mobility Center

Alvaro Villagran
Program Manager
Shared-Use Mobility Center

25 Projects in 17 states to receive $8.5 million in HOPE Grant funding

The Federal Transit Administration’s Helping Obtain Prosperity for Everyone (HOPE) Program supports projects that will improve transit services or facilities in areas of persistent poverty through planning, engineering, or development of technical, or financing plans for projects. On October 7, 2020, FTA announced the 25 grant recipients. Our congratulations to all!

See awardees and read about their projects

Fill up your calendar with Federal Transit Administration events

Stay in the know and connect with colleagues at roundtables, webinars, workshops, and more. View the calendar.


Mobility Justice

The privatization of public infrastructure, defined as the “full range of goods, services, and investments needed for communities to thrive,” creates unjust access to unequal resources for historically Black and brown communities, while investing in public infrastructure supports the social and economic good of all.

Read how the Englewood Development Group in Chicago is taking charge to fix development woes, which have plagued the city’s South and West Sides due to decades of redlining and credit discrimination, by building community-oriented housing initiatives with local leaders—from the ground up.

As the effects of climate change continually hit marginalized areas the hardest in the US, Bklyner calls for cities like New York to push a Green New Deal now to end the high-risk, health-related conditions in these predominantly POC communities.

What does public space mean to Chicago residents and how have parks created a living, growing timeline of community values? Next City acknowledges the importance of reflecting on social changes in history that affect our connection to public spaces and what that means for the “communities who collectively own them today.”

Ridehailing/Carsharing/Carpooling

Ridehailing player Lyft and electronic health record firm Epic have teamed up to give healthcare staff in thousands of hospitals and health systems across the US the option to order a Lyft ride for patients directly from their e-record.

A new ridehailing startup operating in Southeast Michigan called Zoom Ride believes it can build a safer rider and driver community through unique features such as motion-activated ultraviolet lights that sanitize between rides and female-oriented options, including the ability to request female drivers, share trip information, and utilize an in-app panic button.

Kenya gets its first peer-to-peer carsharing platform from startup Komboa in Nairobi with plans to expand across the country.

Read AARP’s latest report on the challenges that insurance agencies face when distinguishing volunteer ridehail drivers from paid drivers and how that changes when factoring in insurance rates and commercial policies.

Bikesharing and Micromobility

Take two wheels to the polls this election season with the North American Bikeshare Association’s new “Roll to the Polls” campaign that helps voters ride to voting sites via free or discounted micromobility trips, with partners including Bird, Boulder Bike Sharing, Gotcha, Lime, Detroit’s MoGo, and many more.

Starting this winter, users with the Lime app can access nearby sit-down scooter options from competitor Wheels in Austin, Berlin, Miami and Seattle as the bright-green mobility company opens up its platform to more micromobility options.

“We must forget the crossing of Paris from east to west by car,” says Paris Mayor Ann Hidalgo in an interview with French newspaper Le Parisien while discussing the move to make the capital metro a bike haven with permanent curb-protected cycleways and temporary bike lanes for a cleaner ville de Paris.

Determined to create an intercity network of paths and trails for cyclists and pedestrians across the US, projects like the East Coast Greenway and Great American Rail-Trail want to connect communities using safe infrastructure that allows for healthy, emissions-free access to everyday amenities—and greenway stimulus funds have gained bipartisan support.

Transit

As reported by the New York Times, a draft order created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would have required “all passengers and employees to wear masks on all forms of public and commercial transportation” in the US—but was blocked by the White House Coronavirus Task Force.

Birmingham, UK will be launching its Clean Air Hydrogen Bus Pilot with 20 hydrogen fuel-cell double-decker buses, a first in the world, in 2021 to spearhead a zero-emissions future to help decarbonize public transportation and improve air quality in the area.

Getting around in rural Delaware can be a rough experience for those with limited mobility or for lower-income residents with limited means, but the Delaware Transit Corporation’s new project through the FTA’s Accelerating Innovative Mobility program plans to use microtransit solutions to fill those transportation gaps for better job connectivity.

Metra in Chicago has announced its proposed $700 million operating budget for 2021, which includes $386.4 million in capital spending for locomotive and railcar rehabilitation, bridge infrastructure replacement, station upgrades (including ADA accessibility improvements), and equipment/vehicles.

Technology

Meet Amazon’s first all-electric delivery van, built by EV startup Rivian, which features the latest sensing, driver-assist tech, and Amazon’s Alexa integration. The company’s goal is to have 10,000 of these EVs delivering goods “as early as 2022″ with a whopping total of 100,000 on the streets by 2030.

According to GeekWire, the University of Washington’s Urban Freight Lab is betting on dedicated storage lockers for deliveries and commercial loading zones with in-pavement vehicle sensors to fix common urban delivery issues and reduce the time spent driving around for drivers.

Swedish self-driving freight startup Einride has revealed a new customizable autonomous and electric delivery truck that features no steering wheels, pedals, windshields, or passenger cab and uses Nvidia’s self-driving software to achieve Level 4 autonomy.

Hail a taxi, without the driver. If you’re a Waymo One customer in the Chandler, Arizona area (a suburb of Phoenix) you can, as the company takes the slow roll-approach to its driverless taxi service, with plans to open up to the public in coming weeks.

Sustainability

Transportation for America’s latest report outlines how the largest source of CO2 emissions in the US—around 83%—come from cars and freight trucks and details the much needed land-use strategies that can be implemented at the federal, regional, and municipal level to restructure communities around walking, biking, and taking transit to local amenities.

What happens when the infrastructure built years ago for our cities isn’t prepared for the ever-transforming environment due to climate change? Vice shares a deep dive into the ways current roads, bridges, tunnels, and water infrastructure in the US don’t address present-day climate struggles, such as severe water flow and temperature fluctuations.

Mobility Lab makes the case for auto companies to pump the brakes on car-boasting advertising that negatively shapes public opinion of transit services and promotes a car-centric transportation system—and all of the societal, economic, and public health consequences that come with it.

California’s Clean Cars 4 All wants to get people out of gas-guzzling cars and into electric vehicles with a trade-in program for their old wheels that offers options for the vehicle to be exchanged for transit passes, carsharing vouchers, and e-bike rebates.

Requests for Proposals, Inquiries, and Information

NOFO: Public Transportation COVID-19 Research Demonstration Grant Program
Federal Transit Administration
Deadline: November 2, 2020

RFP: Three Health Care Shuttles for Salem County Senior Residents and Limited Disabled Residents, and General Population in a Rural Area
Salem County
Salem, New Jersey
Deadline: November 5, 2020

NEW RFP: $200 Million For Renewable Energy Supplier for All City-Owned Buildings
City of Chicago
Chicago, IL
Deadline: November 6, 2020

RFI: RideShare Software
Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
Des Moines, Iowa
Deadline: November 9, 2020


Did someone forward this to you? Sign up for our newsletter here.

Share the Mobility Hub:

The post Mobility Hub Newsletter: October 15, 2020 appeared first on Shared-Use Mobility Center.

]]>