Over the past year and a half, the micromobility revolution has transformed how many people get around cities. Early evidence suggests that many of the trips on dockless bikes and scooters are replacing trips that would have otherwise been made by car and serving a wide swath of the population, including high proportions of low-income and minority individuals. Due in part to their popularity, micromobility devices have also generated concerns over poorly-parked scooters or bikes blocking the public right of way. Some have consequently argued that dockless bikes and scooters are a flashpoint over cities' street design and right-of-way allocation. This panel session features experts from across different sectors, who have each in their own way sought to better understand or positively shape the impacts of this rapidly-growing transportation technology.
1. What are some of the characteristics of micromobility options?
2. What are the main benefits of micromobility?
3. What are the biggest challenges facing micromobility providers, policy makers, and planners?
4. How are policy makers reacting to the expansion of micromobility options and what are some best practices to consider?
Francie Stefan is the Acting Chief Mobility Officer/Assistant Director of Planning & Community Development for the City of Santa Monica. She leads the City's Mobility policy, strategy and implementation efforts. She has been with the City for 10 years, working on the Expo Light Rail extension, Colorado Esplanade, Bike ... Read More
Calvin Thigpen is the Policy Research Manager at Lime, where he conducts and coordinates survey research to better understand micromobility users and their travel behavior patterns. See the findings of some of his research here: https://www.li.me/second-street/new-lime-report-highlights-diversity-electric-scooter-riders, https://www.li.me/second-street/lime-year-end-report-2018
Prior to Lime ... Read More
Regina is the CEO and Co-founder of Populus, a data platform for cities to plan for the future of mobility. Trusted by cities from coast to coast, the Populus platform securely ingests real-time data from shared electric scooters, bikes, and cars to deliver data-driven insights for transportation policy and planning ... Read More
Kevin Fang is an Assistant Professor of Geography, Environment, and Planning at Sonoma State University. His research focuses on sustainable transportation, in particular micromobility transportation alternatives (including skateboards and electric scooters), and environmental review for transportation. Dr. Fang is also a 2018 recipient of the Transportation Research Board Fred C ... Read More
Rachel Zack is a policy strategist at Remix. Rachel's policy work assists the company's effort to empower cities with the right tooling to better plan, design and prioritize projects and make more livable cities. Before joining Remix, Rachel consulted for agencies across the country on strategic planning for ... Read More
Barb Chamberlain has served as the first director
of the Active Transportation Division at the Washington State Department of Transportation since the division was created in March 2017. Previously she served as the Executive Director of Washington Bikes, the statewide advocacy nonprofit in the nation`s #1
Bicycle Friendly State ... Read More