What is Micromobility?
Micromobility transportation is the subject of the most recent Knowledge Exchange Series (KES) topic. “Micromobility” generally refers to a range of lightweight transportation devices operating at low speeds, typically up to 15 mph. These include electric bicycles as well as electric skateboards and scooters, and micromobility share programs.
The rise of micromobility activity that has taken hold in many communities across the country demonstrates the emerging popularity of these devices. Micromobility devices provide numerous benefits such as connecting people from their homes to desired locations in areas with few transportation options, such as urban areas or edges of cities. But while expanding recreational and economic opportunities, they have confronted local governments with significant regulatory challenges. Matters of placement, parking and speeds are some of the common issues local governments are faced with in the effort to regulate these devices in a manner that ensures the protection of public safety.
We have developed “A Guide to Micromobility in Pinellas County” a research based practical application resource for local governments to consider when developing micromobility policy or regulatory codes in their communities. This has been developed in collaboration with local government partners and with assistance from the City of St. Petersburg and the City of Tampa. The next steps include collaborating with our partners, stakeholders, and the public to proactively approach micromobility benefits, challenges, opportunities and needs in Pinellas County.
We put together a number of resources for local governments and the public interested in learning more: