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07 May 2019

NLC publishes micromobility guide in US

First publishedon www.ITSInternational.com
The National League of Cities (NLC) has released a guide instructing local authorities how best to integrate micromobility options like electric scooters and bike-share into US communities.

Clarence E. Anthony, CEO of NLC, says: “NLC’s micromobility guide provides local leaders with the information they need to tailor local regulations for these new modes of transportation.”

Brooks Rainwater, director of NLC’s Center for City Solutions, says: “Unfortunately, the model of entering a city first and asking forgiveness later is alive and well with the advent of these new services.”

Collaboration will allow the public and private sector to create policies that work for cities and real mobility options with “true seamlessness” between modes of transportation, Rainwater adds.

The guide, Micromobility in Cities: A History and Policy Overview, has issued the following recommendations:

  • Get out in front of surprise deployments.
  • Utilise pilot programmes to consider right of way policy, cost structure, sustainability and opportunities to work with different companies.
  • Consider safety.
  • Develop a plan and agreement for trip data.
  • Re-evaluate bike infrastructure.
  • Focus on equity.
  • Be proactive about learning from other cities.
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