A Vision for Urban Micromobility: From Current Streetscape to City of the Future

Shengwei Tan, Ken Tamminga

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As urban transport technology accelerates, various novel modes of electric-assisted personal transportation are emerging. These create both opportunities and constraints for transportation engineers and urban designers. Our research suggests that it is becoming increasingly clear that traditional road designs and public transportation infrastructures are struggling to accommodate the challenges. Micromobility (MM), including e-bikes, e-scooters, e-skateboards, Segways and hoverboards, is becoming more popular and acceptable by people in the urban environment. Benefits include portability, ease of use, and affordability through shared services. Yet questions abound: How can the increased presence of MM be part of the necessary mixed streaming on urban streets? How can existing infrastructure and spatial allocations be more accommodating of MM, while not unduly disadvantaging other transport forms? Using a case study from the core of Washington, DC, we model the possibilities for adaptable road features that might be implemented for MM based on different traffic loads and infrastructure configurations. We conclude with a brief examination of how micromobility accommodation is poised to leverage urban transformation more broadly, including as it relates to sustainable green infrastructure and stormwater management opportunities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdvances in Mobility-as-a-Service Systems - Proceedings of 5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, Virtual CSUM 2020
EditorsEftihia G. Nathanail, Giannis Adamos, Ioannis Karakikes
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9783030610746
StatePublished - 2021
Event5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, CSUM 2020 - Skiathos Island, Greece
Duration: Jun 17 2020Jun 19 2020

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365


Conference5th Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility, CSUM 2020
CitySkiathos Island

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • General Computer Science


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