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ITF publishes Greener Micromobility report

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In an update to previous research titled “Good to Go”, the new data reflects the improved evidence base regarding the environmental impact of micromobility 

Source: ITF

In 2020, the International Transport Forum (ITF) released the report “Good to Go? Assessing the Environmental Performance of New Mobility,” which evaluated the environmental impacts of emerging transportation modes. Over the past four years, there has been a substantial increase in data and understanding regarding the environmental implications of micromobility, and significant strides have been made to mitigate its environmental footprint.

The ITF’s latest report builds upon the 2020 study, incorporating newly available evidence, a survey of industry stakeholders, and recent publications. This update aims to provide fresh insights and actionable recommendations for both regulatory authorities and micromobility operators to further enhance the environmental performance of micromobility solutions.

The updated report leverages a detailed lifecycle environmental impact spreadsheet tool, which includes comprehensive calculations, input factors, and sources utilized for this analysis. This tool is instrumental in offering precise and transparent assessments of the environmental impacts associated with micromobility.

Key Insights and Recommendations

Greener Micromobility in Practice:
Micromobility, which includes modes such as e-scooters and shared bicycles, has become increasingly sustainable. Cycling remains the most eco-friendly mode of urban transportation after walking. The advent of electrification has enabled cyclists to cover greater distances, further promoting the use of bicycles over less environmentally friendly transport options.

Sustainable Vehicle Design:
Significant advancements have been made in the design of shared micromobility vehicles, resulting in lower lifecycle environmental impacts. Innovations in vehicle durability, modularity, and ease of repair have extended the operational lifetimes of these vehicles, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions on a per-rider-kilometre basis.

Enhanced Fleet Operations:
Operational efficiencies have been achieved through the adoption of swappable, higher-capacity batteries, which minimize the environmental impacts of fleet recharging. Additionally, the use of cargo bikes for fleet servicing and improved logistical strategies for maintenance, repair, and repositioning have contributed to greener operations. While the electrification of servicing vans plays a role, its impact is comparatively minor.

For a more detailed discussion on these findings, readers are encouraged to join the upcoming “Ask the Author” webinar, where the report’s authors will delve into the nuances of the study and answer questions from participants. Further details about the Micromobility: Back to the Future project can also be explored for those interested in the broader context of these developments.

Conclusion

The progress in the environmental performance of micromobility over the past four years highlights the sector’s potential for contributing to sustainable urban transport. Through continued innovation and strategic improvements, micromobility can further reduce its environmental footprint, making cities greener and more efficient.

Sign up here to attend the Ask the Author webinar and learn more about these important advancements in micromobility.

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