Transportation planning and transportation networks went through significant development in the past years, and the change is nowhere near stopping. On top of this, in 2020, with COVID-19, people proactively chose to use alternative transportation solutions to avoid sitting in crowded vehicles.
Micromobility vehicles were and are continuously introduced in urban areas as well as where the current transportation network is not accessible or available to all. Micromobility offers an excellent solution to improving access to essential opportunities such as education, jobs, healthcare, etc. However, access to micromobility transportation is not equally distributed around urban areas. Often, the access to micromobility in low-income communities is much lower, despite needing it the most. These underserved communities and people with disabilities are areas where transportation services still require substantial adjustments and support. However, these also offer significant opportunities for potential fleet operators.
Shared mobility vehicles:
Shared micromobility vehicles, such as shared bikes, e-scooters, have the potential to provide additional access in transit deserts and at the first and last mile distance. Access to these solutions offers people the opportunity to access bigger transportation hubs or, instead of driving a car somewhere; they get to choose a healthier and eco-friendly solution by hopping on a bike. By offering safe and reliable mobility services, people can commute easier and have access to a broader range of services that were not available to them previously. Micromobility unquestionably improves transportation accessibility in urban areas.
The role of infrastructure:
The key to improved micromobility in and around urban areas is a dedicated infrastructure, smart city planning, and adjusted street design. Creating separate lanes and parking areas is just as crucial as establishing supporting rules and regulations in traffic.
Introducing modern, easy-to-operate, affordable, and safe micromobility fleets is another step that can be taken to support equitable access to transportation services.
While most of the world is lagging behind when it comes to implementing micromobility, there are some pioneers showing the way to building more sustainable and better transportation networks. Great examples of urban cities focused on building micromobility networks with success are Jakarta, Beijing, Seoul, and Paris, just to name a few.