Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Practices. Topic 52-13. Shared Micromobility Policies, Permits, and Practices

Shared micromobility technologies are deploying rapidly in many cities across the United States and internationally. Lacking a standard definition, micromobility technologies can include any personal transportation technology that travels slower than 20 to 30 mph. They can be motorized and are frequently operated on pedestrian- or bicycle-oriented infrastructure. Often, they are bicycles, e-bikes, or e-scooters. The rapid spread of shared micromobility services has led to confusion and concern on the part of cities and states seeking to take advantage of these services while minimizing the negative impacts. The objective of this synthesis is to document state department of transportation (DOT) policies, permits, and practices with regard to shared micromobility services. Information gathered includes (but is not limited to): DOT definitions of shared micromobility services; challenges regarding shared micromobility services facing DOTs; DOT policies and regulations; the role of DOTs with regard to shared micromobility services, including coordination with metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) and municipalities; documentation of multi-department support required for the planning, operation, and maintenance of these systems; data collection efforts conducted by and/or shared with DOTs; DOT approaches to using flexible regulatory language that covers future technological advancements in shared micromobility services; and policies and procedures regarding integration with other mobility options, such as transit, transportation network companies (TNCs), and taxi services. Information will be collected through literature review, a survey of DOTs, and follow-up interviews with selected agencies for the development of case examples. Information gaps and suggestions for research to address those gaps will be identified.  


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $45000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic 52-13

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Harwood, Leslie

  • Start Date: 20200501
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01739532
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic 52-13
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 18 2020 3:06PM