Micro-Mobility as a Solution to Reduce Urban Traffic Congestion

Micro-mobility refers to e-scooters, dockless bikes, and other low-speed modes and is an innovative transportation strategy that has demonstrated a great potential for congestion mitigation. However, the research on micro-mobility is very limited in the field of transportation. This proposal, thus, aims to conduct a comprehensive study to analyze, quantify, and understand the impacts of micro-mobility on congestion reduction and recommend corresponding intervention strategies for stakeholders. Specifically, the research team will first leverage historical e-scooter travel demand data, socio-demographic data, land-use data, and other relevant data to explore travelers’ usage patterns, especially in the congested times and locations. Then, the team will apply interpretable machine learning to model and explain the relationships between e-scooter travel demand and other important features, including traffic conditions, time of day, availability of bike lanes, etc. These results will then feed directly into an activity-based traffic simulator to conduct various scenario analyses and sensitivity analyses to understand whether and when e-scooters can reduce congestion effectively. Lastly, all the findings and insights will be used for identifying needs, opportunities, and potential obstacles for policy and operational cooperation between stakeholders. A set of policy intervention strategies will also be proposed for the promotion of e-scooter usage.


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    • Status: Completed
    • Funding: $134759
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

      University Transportation Centers Program
      Department of Transportation
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)

      University of Florida
      365 Weil Hall
      Gainesville, FL  United States  32611
    • Project Managers:

      Tucker-Thomas, Dawn

    • Performing Organizations:

      University of Florida Transportation Institute

      P.O. Box 116580
      Gainesville, FL  United States  32611

      University of Alabama, Birmingham

      Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering
      1075 13th Street South
      Birmingham, AL  United States  35294
    • Principal Investigators:

      Zhao, Xilei

    • Start Date: 20191101
    • Expected Completion Date: 20201031
    • Actual Completion Date: 20220306
    • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01729167
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: Southeastern Transportation Research, Innovation, Development and Education Center (STRIDE)
    • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747104
    • Files: UTC, RIP
    • Created Date: Jan 28 2020 9:28PM