The Mobility Hub
Your weekly guide to the latest in shared mobility
SUMC News and Announcements
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The system doesn’t have to divide our communities and demand we use private cars.Join the Shared-Use Mobility Center, diverse voices and thought leaders, and changemakers from the public and private sectors in setting the change we need in motion at the 2021 National Shared Mobility Summit.
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New on SUMC’s Learning Center
“Mopeds in DC?! Autonomous shuttles in Arlington?! There are plenty of new developments and partnerships right now in the world of shared mobility and you can get the full scoop at SUMC’s Learning Center. As for those mopeds scooting around the Nation’s Capital, they’re not going anywhere. The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) has announced that it’s extending its Pilot for Shared Motor-Driven Cycles through the end of December 2021.
Webinar on our Radar: Undoing the Damage of Urban Freeways
Tue, April 20, 2021 | 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM CDT
Reversing the devastation done to BIPOC communities by splintering freeways is going to take more than just removing asphalt. This two-part panel event hosted by Third Way and Transportation for America explores how we might begin. Grab a seat.
Placemaking and equitable space advocate Jay Pitter chronicles the nature of public safety through her experiences with public space in BIPOC communities, mobility injustice, and gender bias, finding that you cannot fix one without addressing them all.
There’s a racist underbelly to the fossil fuel industry and a new report from Greenpeace, the Movement for Black Lives, and Gulf Coast Center for Law and Policy identifies the link between 300 studies that shows the greater effects of pollution on Black, Brown, and Indigenous communities.
The street you take to the grocery store or road you stroll on for a mental health break may have direct ties to slavery. Memory Loss, a series that explores New York’s spatial history, sits down with the founders of activist group Slavers of New York to expose the dark history of the city’s street signs.
Signaling a near return to pre-pandemic trends in mobility, Uber saw the highest gross bookings last month since March 2020 while its recorded deliveries more than doubled compared to the same time last year.
Uber isn’t the only game in town though and ridehailing app Alto plans to refine the mobility model into a next-gen service, for what exactly this entails, read the interview with CEO Will Coleman in Robb Report.
While many players in the transportation market have set carbon neutrality as a future target, South African car subscription company Planet42 moved the goalposts closer with local carbon offset projects it hopes to eventually take it a step further with electric car fleets.
Bikesharing & Micromobility
The emergency-response strategies of transportation systems during COVID-19 changed the way we look at public transit—here NUMO and a University of North Carolina researcher look deeper at the top mobility responses from the Shifting Streets COVID-19 Mobility Database.
Forget your rusty car and hop on a sparkling-new electric bike—at least that’s what France wants you to do with new legislation that (if enacted) would give residents 2,500 euro ($2,975.00) to trade their emitting machine for a sustainable two-wheeler.
With a nod to both sustainability and reuse, 40 new Biketown bikeshare stations in Portland, OR will be made from Nike Grind—rubber created from Nike’s footwear manufacturing scraps—and recycled tires. We hope the company keeps on doing it.
Like many cities, New York is on a tight rope trying to balance budget constraints (temporarily eased by recent federal relief funds) with safely increasing ridership—but Interim MTA President Sarah Feinberg believes tackling long-term transit woes can keep the agency stabilized.
AUDIO: Hear from Port Authority CEO Katharine Kelleman on why Biden’s infrastructure plan is critical for repairing community connections and winning transit riders back in Pennsylvania on WBUR’s Here & Now.
Transit agencies in Denver, CO; Cecil County, MD; and Porterville, CA are enlisting Uber’s management software to coordinate paratransit trips and bolster other local efforts to fill community transit needs.
Setting an ambitious goal, Intel’s self-driving tech subsidiary Mobileye will partner with autonomous delivery startup Udelv to launch fully driverless delivery—using a cabin-less vehicle called The Transporter—starting in 2023.
The power under your feet will be reclaimed if you are a frequent visitor of the Leighton Buzzard train station in the UK that uses electromagnetic generators under kinetic floor tiles to power USB-charging benches and a digital screen.
Washington state moves closer to total transit electrification by selecting EV manufacturer Proterra to supply zero-emission electric buses and charging infrastructure through the Washington State Cooperative Purchasing program’s pre-established contract.
Restrictive and exclusionary zoning policy (AKA single-family homes only!) has stunted affordable housing and public transportation initiatives in the US, so the Biden admin needs to clamp down on these multi-family housing and density roadblocks to hit decarbonization and equity goals.
The “We Mean Business” coalition and sustainability nonprofit Ceres got 310 signatures from businesses, including Apple, Microsoft, and Walmart, for a letter pressing Biden to reduce greenhouse gas emission targets by at least “50% below 2005 levels by 2030”. A second letter states that not doing so could upend the U.S. financial system.
New York’s Open Streets are a calamity, reports Streetsblog, because of the small but fierce (and sometimes violent) opposition that wants more space for vehicles that already take up a disproportionate amount of roadway. For a view of a shared, alternate reality, Streetfilms’ video depicts a safer, more accessible use of space.
Project Funding Opportunities
There are only 5 days left (excluding weekends) to submit your bid application for Oklahoma City’s Embark RFP to procure new electric-assisted bicycles, accessories, and mobile application software to expand the Spokies bikeshare program. Embark is a participant agency in the SUMC-led AIM-NNet Innovative Transit Micro Mobility Integration Solution workgroup! Take a look.
RFP: Electric Assisted Bicycles
Oklahoma City, OK
Deadline: April 21, 2021
RFP: Mobility Hub Concept Design Request for Proposals
April 23, 2021
RFP: Clean Transportation Roadmap
State of Maine
May 6, 2021
Request for Expression of Interest:
Facility Upgrade Plan for Battery Electric Buses
Connecticut Department of Transportation
Deadline: May 26, 2021