The history of urban dock-free and two-wheeled urban mobility technologies goes back to the late nineteenth century. In the early twentieth century, designers Arthur Gibson and Joseph Merkel introduced the first-ever dock-free motorized scooters, Eveready Autoped, representing an original concept of city mobility of the World War I era. Historically, micro-mobility solutions have been utilized for transit and entertainment purposes. In the 1920s, shortly after the introduction of Autoped, this new technology was adopted by the U.S. Post Office for postal deliveries and fashion-conscious women in Europe and America.
Modern-day micro-mobility solutions (bikes and scooters) are increasingly becoming an integral part of transportation ecosystems in major metropolitan areas. Motorized scooters are mainly considered as a transit solution for cities with rapid urbanization and cities with pervasive congestion on roads. In the United States, 46 percent of congestion on roads are caused by trips less than 3 miles. Micro-mobility technologies like motorized scooters and bikes are considered to be a vital solution to reduce short car trips on the roads.
Now, with the global spread of COVID19 infection, it is widely believed that the micro-mobility solutions, such as shared bikes and motorized scooters, will emerge even stronger in post-pandemic urban transportation development. As a public transportation alternative, shared micro-mobility technologies are affordable and easy to navigate through congested areas with fewer interactions with other road participants.
Join our infrastructure conference on Shared Micro-Mobility Solutions in Modern Urban Transportation Planning: Post-Pandemic Outlook for Micro-Mobility Industries, and learn about shared micro-mobility technologies in modern transportation planning; roles and functions of regulators, service providers, and riders; and gain an outlook on single-occupant vehicles in post-pandemic period.
Anar Valiyev, Dean, Associate Professor at the School of Public and International Affairs, ADA University
Lauren N McCarthy, Ph.D. candidate at the Schar School for Policy and Government, George Mason University.
Huseyn Abdullayev, Urban transportation expert
Natig Bakhishov, Executive Director, USACC
To join the discussion, please register at [email protected] by July 22, EOB. You will receive the conference details shortly after the registration. The session will be live-streamed over the USACC’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/usacc.org
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