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.

Research activities:

This project will study shared micromobility in Metro Vancouver in the following ways:

  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.

This project is a collaboration between CHATR SFU researchers and HUB Cycling with funding from the Translink New Mobility Lab and Mitacs Accelerate.