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Shared-use micromobility is a transportation strategy that allows users to share vehicles that are relatively low in weight and maximum speed (e.g., bicycles and scooters), reducing the need for vehicle ownership to complete both routine and special trips. It accommodates short-distance travel, complements fixed public transit lines, and offers accessible, environmentally friendly alternatives to personal automobiles.
But to maximize benefits and minimize potential nuisance issues, local officials and planners must consider how best to introduce and implement shared-use micromobility in their communities.
This edition of PAS QuickNotes defines shared-use micromobility and highlights regulations and permitting, safe and accommodating street design and infrastructure, and engagement of disadvantaged communities as key elements in helping shared-use micromobility support community goals and become a reliable transportation option in cities.
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Alexsandra Gomez is a Research Associate at the American Planning Association in Chicago. At APA, she supports sponsored and strategic research projects, contributes to the Research KnowledgeBase collections, and writes for APA publications. She has a background in cultural geography and anthropology and is working to apply these disciplines to planning research and practice.