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Micromobility, Equity and Sustainability

Micromobility offers cities an opportunity to address congestion, emissions and air quality. This report examines micromobility trends and reviews its benefits and social costs, with the aim to help develop governance frameworks and regulations that maximise the contribution of e-scooters, electric bikes and pedal bikes to more sustainable mobility and minimise any negative effects, particularly for pedestrians.

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Policy Insights

  • Base regulation on sustainable urban mobility policy objectives.
  • Consult micromobility companies on public policy issues early and often to avoid distorting regulations.
  • Apply outcome-based regulations linked to specific performance criteria.
  • Ensure limits on market access allow competition; avoid static caps on shared micromobility vehicle fleets.
  • Limit data-reporting requirements to information used for mobility planning.
  • Set regulatory fees in light of the potential value of micromobility for sustainable mobility and the uncertain viability of business models.
  • Support equitable and affordable micromobility services.
  • Follow the principle of mode-neutrality when developping an urban transport system.
  • Reallocate road and parking space to micromobility users, cyclists and pedestrians.
  • Address motor vehicle speeds when regulating micromobility speed.
  • Apply coherent regulation that treats micromobility operators equally.
  • Adopt a permissive and adaptive regulatory approach to micromobility.

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