Micromobility

Readiness for Shared Micromobility: Public Perceptions in Metro Vancouver

Shared micromobility – a phrase used to describe a variety of shared, publicly available, human and electric powered vehicles including bike share (dockless and station-based), electric bicycles and electric scooters – is booming in cities around the world. Shared micromobility offers transportation alternatives that generate low emissions, low noise levels and offer flexible integration with transit; however, cities with such new mobility have struggled with its regulation and ensuring it is complementary within an established and crowded transportation system.

Thus, this project aims to explore public perceptions of shared micromobility in Metro Vancouver, to understand the potential for adoption and integration with regional transit and inform policy, infrastructure needs and best practices for regulation.

METHODS

  1. Case studies and key informant interviews to gather expert insight from cities where micromobility systems exist;
  2. Focus groups of key groups in Metro Vancouver to better understand the public awareness and opinion of micromobility and challenges and opportunities to succeed; and
  3. Population surveys of residents to assess awareness, knowledge, and experience with micromobility, support/concerns and perceptions around its integration into the region and with transit, as well as demographic and transportation characteristics.

FINDINGS

  • 2020 Case Studies Report: This first case studies report offers insight into what we heard from the case studies and key informant interviews on the implementation and usage patterns of shared micromobility, and the learnings for Metro Vancouver. HUB Cycling has taken the findings from the case studies and compiled their perspectives on recommendations for the implementation of shared micromobility in Metro Vancouver and the responsible organizations.
  • 2020 Case Studies Recommendations: This case studies recommendation report is complementary to the case studies report. HUB Cycling has taken the findings from the case studies and compiled their perspectives on recommendations for the implementation of shared micromobility in Metro Vancouver and the responsible organizations.
  • 2020 Focus Groups Report: This report compiles what we heard from the focus groups, aiming to scope the understanding and awareness of shared micromobility across different groups in the region, in addition to the motivators and barriers to their use. 
  • 2021 Survey Results Summary: This report provides a summary of the current use and perceptions of micromobility (specifically kick e-scooters and e-bikes) of Metro Vancouver residents from our fall 2021 online survey.
  • 2021 Comprehensive Survey Results: This presentation provides more in-depth results from the online panel survey of Metro Vancouver residents and includes sections on current micromobility use, perceptions of kick e-scooters, shared e-scooters and e-bikes. A copy of the survey instrument with complete set of questions, responses and technical notes for administration is also available for reference.
  • Public Perceptions of E-Bikes in Metro Vancouver: This report focuses on the findings regarding e-bikes solely for those interested in that topic. A special topic report on costs as a barrier to e-bike use may also help to inform subsidy programs and policy supporting e-bikes as a viable alternative transportation mode.

PARTNERS

This project was a collaboration between CHATR SFU researchers and HUB Cycling with funding in 2019-2021 from the Translink New Mobility Lab and Mitacs Accelerate.