Tag Archive: Micromobility

  1. White paper from Autonomy on partnering between Microbility service providers and Public Transport Operators

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    Sustainable mobility network, Autonomy, have published their latest white paper in line with their mission of working towards contributing to the common goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

    Entitled How Micromobility Service Providers can partner with Public Transport Operators (PTOs) to reduce private car commuting, interested parties can visit the website and enter their details to download.

    Autonomy writes: “Micromobility is the ultimate solution for first and last-mile commutes to transit hubs. For those who live beyond walking distance from a public transport station, the ideal solution is to give them a convenient micromobility offer to and from the station. Numerous cities are working on integrating micromobility with public transport, thus reducing the need for car ownership, as we increasingly move towards low emission, carbon neutral cities. Public transport authorities are increasingly working with private micromobility operators to increase multimodality and expand their shared transport offering. Integration is the key but how can different modes of travel be integrated into a seamless experience for the user, so that it reduces private car use?”

  2. Micromobility Europe 2022 Announced

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    The event will take place in Amsterdam, June 1-2, 2022

    Micromobility Europe is the world’s fastest-growing mobility conference, bringing together top builders, thinkers, and leaders. The two-day event is a discussion and celebration of small electric vehicles and their power to radically transform our cities.

    The event boasts over 50 world-class speakers, 100+ expos and demos, and over 1,000 global visitors. Discover more detail via the official website, here.

    The event is hosted at Kromhouthal, an event venue at the IJ in North Amsterdam. The impressive industrial site of over 5000m2 has been transformed into an event space after decades of history as a manufacturing hall. In the past six years, it has blossomed into a leading destination for a wide range of events in Amsterdam.

  3. European Shared Mobility Index – 2021 year in review now available

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    Get access to the full review here.

    The latest European Shared Mobility Index has been released, providing market-by-market fleet breakdowns, ridership & per capita trip data, modal snapshots, industry highlights, and more.

    Alongside the year in review, full reports are available for each quarter of 2021, tracking the shared mobility boom across 100 European cities.

    The report is compiled by fluctuo Mobility Intelligence, one of Europe’s leading aggregators of data on shared mobility services (bikes, scooters, mopeds, cars). They combine data collection methods, algorithms, and a team of mobility experts to produce exhaustive, accurate data. This includes daily data on more than 200 shared mobility services in 100 European cities.

  4. Micromobility in Paris – An urban revolution

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    Source: Eltis

    Micromobility is a relatively new term lacking a formal definition, however, it can generally be summarised as short-distance travel with light and small vehicles. Within EU classification, micromobility vehicles fall under the L category:

    • A motor vehicle with less than 4 wheels
    • Curb weight up to and including 350kg (771 lb)
    • Top speed up to and incl;uding 50km/h (31 mph)
    • Continuous rated power does not exceed 15 kW

    In cities such as Paris, facing the issues of congestion, loss of public spaces, pollution, and poor air quality, micromobility may provide a solution. Generally being better for traffic and the environment, micromobility vehicles are seeing a rapid uptake in city centres, allowing the public to travel with ease and decongest the city. The increased availability of green transport options encourages city-goers to leave their cars at home for shorter journeys, alleviating many of the issues previously discussed.

    Jocelyn Loumeto, the General Delegate of the Federation of Micro Mobility Professionals (FPMM) highlights the schemes of various Parisian businesses to promote micromobility in their own workforces, such as the provision of e-scooters. View the full discussion here.

    woman with helmet on escooter
  5. Future mobility movers: Eurobike 2022 shows how cities will be mobile in future

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    Source: Eurobike

    Eurobike 2022 is reporting a record number of registrations.

    Expanding the concept and explicitly integrating the topics Future Mobility and Urban Mobility in all their facets is perfectly complementing classic bike topics. Working hand in hand with competence clusters from politics, administration, and business, as well as experts from research and practice, Eurobike is actively advancing the transformation of transport from the viewpoint of stakeholders in the bicycle industry. Two established Eurobike features, namely the Start-Up Area and Cargo Area, are moving into Hall 8 – the new flagship for alternative mobility solutions on the exhibition grounds.

    The green transformation in transport policy is gathering pace. Even though it currently remains to be seen what priority the new Federal government will assign to the issue of transforming mobility, development – above all in urban areas – is already overtaking what is commonly being discussed as forward planning. Through bicycles, e-bikes and electrically assisted small vehicles such as e-scooters and sharing services, the transition to micromobility is already taking place, while the space required and CO2 footprint per user are falling. The new Eurobike is both a driving force and a catalyst in this development; it is showcasing new products and innovations while also offering mobility stakeholders a platform, networks, concepts, and contents extending beyond the bicycle and e-bike. The nucleus and epicenter of Future Mobility will be Hall 8 on the Frankfurt Messe exhibition grounds with a connection to the Demo Area.

    In order to extend the concept towards urban mobility, the organizers of Eurobike have augmented the team with powerful reinforcement from a range of different disciplines. MotionLab.Berlin with its founder and leading light Christoph Neye, who sees support for Eurobike as a logical consequence of his commitment to new mobility: “As co-initiator of MotionLab.Berlin, I have been able to experience the potential for new mobility every single day. The bike segment, in particular, which is being increasingly supplemented by light electric vehicles (LEVs) in urban applications, is witnessing the emergence of new technologies and services capable of changing our mobility for the better in the long term. It is therefore also a matter of personal concern for me to support and advise Eurobike as it pursues this path. And, as a proponent and supporter of the hard-tech start-up scene, I am delighted by this opportunity to introduce exciting and unique innovations to a large public at the leading trade fair for future mobility.”

    Cargo bikes – guaranteeing the switch to greener transport

    Future mobility is inconceivable without cargo bikes. Only if we succeed in moving cargo over short distances in a safe and environmentally aware manner will we manage to transform transport policy. The cargo bike will also be finding a new home in Hall 8 “Mobility of the Future”. Eurobike Show Director Dirk Heidrich explains: “Since 2018, the Cargo Area has been a meeting point for the dynamic cargo bike sector. Through the choice of Frankfurt, we will be offering the product a fitting territory, a real laboratory, the right setting, and a connection to the subject matter.” Community events such as evening cargo bike excursions both with and into the local cargo bike scene will be just as much a part of the program as cargo bike races on the Festival weekend (16 and 17 July). The all-inclusive stand offers as well as direct access to the Demo Area with ideal opportunities for testing as well as proximity to the topic areas of Start-Ups, Urban Mobility, Sharing as a Service, Infrastructure and the like all combine to produce a nicely rounded package.

    The Eurobike organizers are now extending their cooperation with the Berlin-based think-and-do tank cargobike.jetzt, which acts as a supporter and driving force in this field. “Eurobike is the place to be for the cargo bike sector,” says Arne Behrensen, founder of the undertaking. “Frankfurt Messe is a top international address. And in the streets of the city, the cargo bike revolution is in fact already in full swing.” Cargo bike-sharing is set to play a tremendous role in the future as well. For many city-dwellers, this now represents the first option to really live without a car. After all, the easier it becomes to borrow a cargo bike for specific needs, the more matter-of-fact it will become to manage without a car.

    It is quite clear that the changing mobility needs new traffic infrastructure. Rapid cycle paths are under construction – direct, flat, junction-free routes for bikes and pedelecs that link A to B and then lead on to C and D. They too are a major step towards alternative (bike) commuting. Eurobike will be highlighting the development and projects also in conjunction with exhibitors from the field of infrastructure and planning. An atmosphere of change prevails in all areas of the new mobility,” says Show Director Dirk Heidrich. “And we are already looking forward to reproducing precisely this atmosphere.”

    The 30th edition of Eurobike runs from Wednesday 13 July, to Sunday 17 July 2022, from 09:00 to 18:00 each day, and is open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday.

  6. Insight from McKinsey & Company on shared vs private escooter preference

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    Source: McKinsey & Company

    The global management consulting firm has shared findings and thoughts on consumer preferences for ownership of e-kickscooters in comparison to use of shared services.

    A July 2021 survey by the McKinsey Center for Future Mobility, the Mobility Ownership Consumer Survey, returned responses showing that a staggering 70% or those who answered would use micromobility for their daily commute. Of these, 12 percent said that they would use e-kickscooters as their preferred vehicle type. The follow up article takes a focus on such trips for e-kickscooters and analyze the preferred ownership types.

    Now ubiquitous in many cities and in the press, escooter sharing services first launched in the USA in 2017. Their popularity began to rise in 2019, with various companies competing for a portion of the market. The docked or dockless shared models however, warrant further discussion when it is taken into account that only 6 percent of respondents in the survey preferred a shared service when it comes to escooters.

    To break down the numbers in more detail, the article states that 64% of those who said they would use an escooter to commute preferred private ownership. Operational leasing or subscription came in a moderate second at 23%. If we consider this a ‘private’ form of ownership, the combined total is 87%. For shared forms including peer-to-peer, station-based, and free-floating services, a low 13% stated this as their preference.

    Image credit: McKinsey & Company

    Reasons for such a preference for private ownership of escooters were varied:

    “33 percent stated that they did not want to share a vehicle with others, and 32 percent wanted the flexibility to carry their vehicle onto a subway or bus. Interestingly, 22 percent of respondents stated that they decided to purchase a private e-kickscooter after trying one out in a sharing service”

    Manufactures are presented with mixed takehomes from this information. Where private use entails better care and storage and less wear and tear, the longer lifespan of each unit may result in lower sales figures. At the same time, an individual may be willing to invest in better features and quality, which can increase margins, or they may be open to buying more than one model.

    The article recommends: “To win in this potentially lucrative market, manufacturers should consider increasing their focus on B2C sales through dealers and other channels. They could also consider offering subscription-based services, which would provide users with an option between owning and renting.”

    Challenges are certainly in store for shared mobility businesses. Rapid uptake can be seen as an advantage for this format when entering new markets, but it would be prudent to consider the incorporation of subscription or leasing models. This can offer stability in the form of recurring revenue, as well as some chance at capturing those users similar to the 23% of respondents mentioned above. Another benefit might come in the form of sales of decommissioned shared scooters. Once they are due to retire from the fleet, the popularity of the escooter means additional revenue may be found in the sale of this stock, which could be re-invested back into the active fleet.

    Another sector which may be affected by the rise of the escooter is public transit. Since a large portion of micromobility journeys are replacing those which might have been taken by public transport. The article notes that it is not certain that their journey share will fall, but nonetheless has recommendations on adjustments that could be considered. These include storage space for escooters on their vehicles, which can help not only to retain, but even to gain customers. In a similar vein, employers should look at such storage provisions in the workplace, to contribute towards a happier and healthier staff. A step further for employers looking to embrace the rise of escooters would be financial incentives, offering micromobility vehicles in much the same way as company cars.

  7. Study reveals high potential of micromobility to reduce energy consumption

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    Peak uptake of micromobility in urban areas could boast 2.6% reduction in travel-related energy consumption, cutting 1.2 million auto vehicular miles.

    Researcher Bingrong Sun has shared their recent findings in the article ‘Estimating energy bounds for adoption of shared micromobility‘. The publication offers crucial insight into the current research gap regarding micromobility and its impacts in regard to sustainability and energy use. Progress towards fully understanding these impacts allows cities and transportation agencies to make informed decisions when considering the future of micromobility operation.

    Micromobility, a summary:

    When analysed in the context of dense urban environments, integration of micromobility devices reduces auto usage by a significant level, with potential to reduce the auto vehicle miles travelled in San Francisco alone by 1,278,790 annually. It should also be noted that the majority of micromobility life-cycle emissions come about during either the production phase (50%) or daily collection and charging protocol (43%) rather than during use. The devices therefore consume less energy-per-mile when compared to driving, with this lower-energy phase of use being the main consideration in the paper.

    Despite these benefits there are additional factors to recognise when considering micromobility deployment including safety issues, infrastructure capacity and general regulation.

    Energy bounds for shared micromobility

    Being a relatively new technology, Sun takes a scenario-based approach when computing the energy bounds for micromobility adoption. Traveller preference for this mode of transportation has not yet been solidified due to its relatively short period of real-world application. Results were calculated from publicly available micromobility data and the national household travel survey (NHTS). Energy bounds are calculated in the context of: varying levels of micromobility adoption, diverse trip types, and individual micromobility vehicle types.

    When generalizing, the data peak uptake of shared micromobility has the potential to reduce the energy consumption associated with reported passenger travel by 1% at the national level, and 2.6% at the city level. Micromobility-induced transit trips are identified as the largest contributor for energy reduction in this case. 

    Source: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.trd.2021.103012

  8. micromobility expo 22 is open for speakers

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    Held in Hannover between 19-21 May 2022, the micromobility expo stands for micromobility in urban areas and is the central contact point for knowledge transfer and exchange of experience. 

    Expo organisers have put out the call for expert speakers to share their insight and knowledge to guests, with the deadline for interested speakers to register topics being 7 November 2021. A panel of qualified judges will review and decide which speakers shall be added to the schedule. Chosen speakers will receive free expo entry for themselves and a number of guests

    The comprehensive conference program presents products and concrete solutions for micromobility in urban areas, as well as a platform for knowledge transfer and experience exchange. At its core is the pursuit and development of socially and ecologically just mobility. The expo seeks to bring together relevant experts and professionals and generate solutions to the challenges of tomorrow’s mobility, and does so via a three day program of lectures, panel discussions, project presentations and opportunities to try out the latest products in the industry.

    Florian Eisenbach, project manager at organizer, Deutsche Messe, elaborated on the conference: “The mobility turnaround in urban areas will only succeed through the interaction of industry, science, public administration and politics. With the conference, we are creating a platform for this exchange, in which we take all perspectives into account. In this way, we are providing additional impetus”.

    Speakers from various fields are welcome, such as science, research and universities, students as well as business, industry, production and sales, and can apply on the following topics, in any format:

    Mobility of the future

    Potentials and resources: Micromobility as a building block of sustainable, socially just mobility.

    • Micromobility & Climate Protection
    • Mobility culture, ethics & trends
    • Political & legal framework

    Urban-spatial development

    Micromobility and urban development: mobile quality of stay and quality of life

    • Mobility planning & transport infrastructure
    • Urban mobility concepts & neighborhood development
    • Virtual mobility

    Urban & intra-urban logistics

    The still unknown side of micromobility: Applications and innovation

    • Urban-Rural
    • Green Logistics
    • Robotics

    Safety & Security

    Personal integrity and safety in road and traffic areas

    • Traffic safety
    • Driving Safety
    • Insurances

    Multi- and Intermodality

    Integrative solutions and systems

    • Infrastructure solutions
    • Public transport & last mile – commuter traffic
    • Sharing systems

    Free Agers

    Users at the Center Micromobility for all

    • Design
    • Handling & Functionality
    • Access & Acceptance

    Interested exhibitors may also note that an early booking discount is available until November 15, 2021

    Source: https://www.micromobilityexpo.de/en/press/press-releases/micromobility-expo/press-release_1217

  9. VP of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines on the challenge of implementing micromobility solutions in Paris

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    Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelin is tackling the challenges of mircomobility with the guidance of The Local Mobility Plan (LMP), adopted in 2014. This has led to launching a new service of shared e-scooters, restructuring over 90 bus lines, bike rental, and the first 100% autonomous public transport line.

    Their main 6 points of the LMP are:

    1. Making public transport more attractive
    2. Promoting active travel modes
    3. Changing automobile traffic
    4. Setting up a parking policy at the agglomeration level
    5. Better organising the flow of goods
    6. Effective communication and information for all users

    Jean-Baptiste Hamonic is the Vice-President of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines in charge of sustainable mobility. 

    “When it comes to mobility, new environmental objectives pose a major challenge for peri-urban areas, where the personal car has long guided choices of urban planning and shaped the lifestyles of inhabitants. In recent years, flexible, efficient and attractive “micro” mobility devices and services have rapidly developed across the world, predominantly in dense urban centers, thanks to three factors: digital technology and innovation in electric charging; public policies aimed at a better share of public space; and the COVID-19 health crisis we are currently experiencing.

    “Personal Light Electric Vehicles” – such as electronic kick scooters and other small electric vehicles – constitute new solutions that do better to address the diversity of mobility needs. They have also proven to be effective in addressing the problem of the first/last kilometre in combination with public transportation. However, although micro-mobility has contributed significantly to the transformation of the urban landscape, particularly in dense city centres, the peri-urban area is where the challenge remains.

    These territories are often caught in a dilemma – finding sustainable mobility solutions that ensure a quality public service to the greatest number of people versus consuming too many resources. To reduce the dependency on private car usage, mobility solutions have long remained limited in terms of operational and financial performance and flexibility for travellers in peri-urban areas. But the increase of solutions over the past ten years (shared mobility, electric mobility, micro-mobility, etc.) offers new perspectives to public actors.”

    Read the full article here.

    Source: https://www.autonomy.paris/en/the-business-of-mobility/sqy-paris-scooter-mobility/

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