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NACTO | BBSP | Shared Micromobility & Cities for Cycling Roundtable

NACTO | BBSP | Shared Micromobility & Cities for Cycling Roundtable

The landscape of planning for, designing for, and regulating micromobility continues to shift as commute patterns change, e-bikes become more and more prevalent, and both cities and bike share operators are asked to do more with less.

With travel still limited, NACTO, in partnership with Better Bike Share Partnership, is launching a second virtual joint roundtable with the NACTO Shared Micromobility and Cities for Cycling Peer Network. This year the program will be a Roundtable Summer Series and will run throughout the summer as a discussion series.

Participants in the 2021 Roundtable Summer Series will have the opportunity to meet with peers across North America to discuss emerging best practices, lessons learned, and ongoing challenges. Session topics will be set in collaboration with participants throughout the summer and will cover topics related to bikeway planning/design as well as managing/regulating shared micromobility.

All sessions and social hours are open to practitioners working for NACTO member cities and agencies, and select sessions are open to partner organizations of the Better Bike Share Partnership. Please complete this registration form to register for the series and receive calendar invites.

Schedule of events (pdf) to be updated below throughout the summer. Register here.

Schedule.

Program Sessions.

Join the Cities for Cycling and Shared Micromobilty peer networks to learn more about how you can make the most of the summer series, help establish priority discussion topics, and inform the goals for the upcoming NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide, third edition. This session is open to staff at NACTO member cities only.

More Than A Picture: Tell Your Story With Images
Project updates and storytelling that include meaningful and inviting photography – showing how a street can feel as opposed to just how it functions – are key to describing and securing support for new approaches and projects. Join us to learn more about NACTO’s new photo library and how your city can benefit from and contribute to this growing resource. Share round robin updates and project photos with NACTO peers and have an open discussion on how to capture meaningful photos to make the case and support your work.
This session is open to staff at NACTO member cities and BBSP community partners and non-profit operators only.

Making Bikes Count
Join NACTO Technical Lead Matthew Roe in a discussion of how cities are building count programs that capture a bigger picture of bicycle and micromobilty. This session and discussion will inform a forthcoming NACTO practitioner paper providing guidance on how to set up a count program and make the most of the data through analysis and storytelling.
This session is open to staff at NACTO member cities and invited partners.

Where to Share Micromobility
Equity has been incorporated into the guiding principles and goals of Transportation Departments and Shared Micromobility Programs. Equitable distribution has been a core consideration as both station based and dockless shared micro-mobility programs are developed and expanded. Hear from the City of Baltimore, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, City of Boston, and MoGO in Detroit on how they approach equitable distribution of bikes and scooters and why it is important to evaluate operational decisions.
This session is open to staff at NACTO member cities and BBSP community partners and non-profit operators only.

The Ball is in your Court and the Scooter is on your Street: Making the Most of Shared Micromobility
Over the past few years, shared micromobility companies have come, gone, and consolidated, offering different device types and focusing on different program goals. Cities have had to keep up with a rapidly changing market of shared micromoblity providers and the balance between public investment with market forces. This session will discuss ways in which Cities are selecting companies and devices today, how companies are held accountable, and in what way Cities need to/should control the program goal moving forward.
This session is open to staff at NACTO member cities only.

Material Decisions: What Comes After Paint and Posts
Using low-cost, readily available materials, cities across the world have rapidly tested new street designs to meet shifting community needs. This has been a successful mechanism for getting new types of bikeways introduced in a City and expanding networks, but has also resulted in increased maintenance burdens. Hear from program managers who are developing their cities’ quick-build capabilities, rotating project-selection methods in place, and finding ways to maintain larger and larger networks.
This session is open to staff at NACTO member cities only.

Social Sessions.

Join NACTO staff and fellow Roundtable participants for an interactive and collaborative activity that you’ll be sure to walk away from with a new bike route recommendation. The “Bike Map” is a way to get to know fellow attendees and learn about their love of biking. The activity involves an interactive map in which you will be asked to pin a bike route that is near and dear to you. Be prepared to speak on why you love this bike route and share details about what the route looks, feels, and sounds like. Capacity: 30 attendees.

Join Courtney Williams (The Brown Bike Girl) and fellow Roundtable participants from across North America for an afternoon of edutainment! Enjoy 90-minutes of live interviews, participant Q&A, and games sessions. Registration for this event will include unique bingo cards which will be delivered to registered participants via email before Bike Bingo game day and a raffle entry for a gift card to shop and support minority and woman-owned businesses. Featured guests to be announced later in the summer. Capacity: 50 attendees.

Join Courtney Williams (The Brown Bike Girl) and fellow Roundtable participants from across North America for an afternoon of edutainment! Enjoy 90-minutes of live interviews, participant Q&A, and games sessions. Registration for this event will include unique bingo cards which will be delivered to registered participants via email before Bike Bingo game day and a raffle entry for a gift card to shop and support minority and woman-owned businesses. Featured guests to be announced later in the summer. Capacity: 50 attendees.

Wrap up the Roundtable by showing off your bike ride, learning about how to take a good photo, and celebrating raffle winners from throughout the summer.

Micromobility Ride Photo Challenge.

NACTO and the Better Bike Share Partnership are hosting a raffle as part of the 2021 Roundtable Summer Series — and we’re looking to participants to make it an interactive affair! To create a space for you to document projects in your cities–and support the development of NACTO’s new photo library–project photos will serve as entries into this year’s raffle.

To enter in the 2021 Roundtable Raffle, connect with a colleague or a fellow Roundtable attendee for a bike ride to a new project in your City. The challenge? To make a game plan for great photo opportunities of projects, and submit your best images to enter to win prizes in the 2021 Roundtable Raffle. Prizes include: Gift cards to shop and support minority and woman-owned businesses.

  • Submit photo entries to [email protected] with “Roundtable Raffle” in the subject line
  • In the email text include: Location (city and state, street if you’ve got it); Photographer name; Project name, if relevant
  • Each submission is an entry into the 2021 raffle
  • Submissions are due by Thursday, August 26 at 12:00 PM ET / 9:00 AM PT

Photos are a highly effective tool to make the case for street redesign projects. Whether showing a before-after of a reclaimed boulevard, a person using a safe crossing, or a bus cutting through traffic in a dedicated lane, images are compelling storytellers in the work to build streets as places for people.

  • Put in an image what you’d want to see in one: People! Projects! Streets!
  • If photographing people using projects or the street, aim to show faces towards the camera and people in the foreground of the image.
  • In general, try to shoot from above to show off a project (from buildings, step stools, etc.)
  • Check out NACTO’s webinar Making the Case for Complete Streets: the Power of Images for more tips

  • Stage a “how to” for parking scooters, using a protected intersection, or accessing a bus boarding island
  • Show your partner using new facilities in town, from riding along a new bike lane to crossing a signalized intersection
  • Capture constructed details you’re proud of and think could help others
  • Whatever your expertise and creativity guide you towards!

Let the photo fun begin!

We advise that you exercise caution with any plans to convene for the Micromobility Ride Photo Challenge since CDC recommendations are changing constantly, and guidelines put forward may continue to vary state by state and city by city. If for any reason you aren’t comfortable riding with others, we encourage you to submit photos taken on a solo ride.

Register for sessions here.