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Bike Share and Shared Micromobility Initiative

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With over 343 million trips taken in the U.S. since 2010, bike share and shared micromobility have rapidly emerged as new transportation options that can increase cycling, improve urban mobility, and bolster public transit usage. These systems can also play an important role in cities’ safety, livability, and sustainability efforts by making it easier for people to get around without a personal vehicle.

To facilitate conversations between peer cities around this emerging field, NACTO holds roundtables, workshops, and webinars, and conducts research on best practices and challenges in regulating shared micromobility systems.

This work is made possible by the Better Bike Share Partnership and by ClimateWorks.


NACTO and the Better Bike Share Partnership are launching the 2021 Transportation Justice Fellowship, a development program for professionals of color across the transportation sector.

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Related NACTO Publications

Guidelines for Regulating Shared Micromobility

NACTO’s Guidelines for Regulating Shared Micromobility outlines best practices for cities and public entities regulating and managing shared micromobility services on their streets. Its recommendations were developed to reflect the wide variety of experiences that North American cities have had in regulating and managing shared micromobility.

Strategies for Engaging Community

Strategies for Engaging Community, produced in coordination with the Better Bike Share Partnership, provides guidance for practitioners seeking to build meaningful relationships with communities they serve as they plan for and operate bike share systems.

Bringing Equitable Bike Share to Bed-Stuy

A local partnership between Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration, NYC DOT, the NYC Department of Health, and Motivate successfully changed perceptions on bike share in the community, from what some perceived to be an out-of-reach amenity for newer residents, to a tool that all residents can use to meet their own personal goals.

A How-to Guide for Learning More about Bike Share in Your Community

NACTO’s Bike Share Intercept Survey Toolkit gives detailed instructions and a bank of over 100 pre-tested questions for creating and carrying out methodologically sound on-the-street surveys, allowing you to learn more about the needs and attitudes of all members of your community.

Bike Share Station Siting Guide

Bike share can improve the pedestrian experience, help reduce traffic fatalities, and reduce inequity in cities’ transportation networks. To support cities across the country working towards all of these goals, NACTO has released the NACTO Bike Share Siting Guide, which highlights best practices in station placement and design.

Equity Practitioners’ Papers

Walkable Station Spacing is Key to Successful, Equitable Bike Share

Equity Practitioners’ Paper #1: Based on an analysis of ridership data from a variety of U.S. bike share systems, this report makes the connection between station density, service quality and equity, and provides a data-driven analysis for system operators looking to expand the reach and utility of their bike share systems.

Can Monthly Passes Improve Bike Share Equity?

Equity Practitioners’ Paper #2: This paper explores the impact of bike share pricing structures on sign-up rates, particularly in low-income communities.

Equitable Bike Share Means Building Better Places for People to Ride

Equity Practitioners’ Paper #3: Based on in-house research and analysis of other reports, this paper finds that as cities build more bike lanes, the number of cyclists on the street increases, and the individual risk of a cyclist being killed or severely injured drops.

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Bike Share and Shared Micromobility Events

Roadshows & Roundtables

Washington, D.C. (2013)
Denver (2013)
Austin (2018)
St. Louis (2019)
Virtual (2020)

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Additional Resources

Blog Posts

Better Bike Share Partnership Aims to Increase Equity and Access in Bike Share (1/22/2015)
Bringing Equitable Bike Share to Bed-Stuy (4/3/2017)
NACTO Cities Gather in Austin to Discuss the Future of Bikeshare (7/12/2018)
Regulating for the Public Good: Bike Share Peers Meet in St. Louis (6/20/2019)

Public Webinars / Videos

How to Build a Thriving, Equitable Bike Share System (8/3/2016)
NACTO’s Bike Share Intercept Survey Toolkit (11/3/2016)
Linking Bike Share & Transit (1/16/2018)
Public Engagement that Counts (2/6/2018)
NACTO x BBSP Bike Share & Cities for Cycling Virtual Roundtable Community Videos (7/29/2020)

Press Releases / Public Statements

Walkable Station Spacing Is Key to Successful, Equitable Bike Share (4/28/2015)
Can Monthly Passes Improve Bike Share Equity? (9/16/2015)
NACTO Releases New Guidance on Bike Share Station Placement (4/21/2016)
High-Quality Bike Facilities Increase Ridership and Make Biking Safer (7/20/2016)
NACTO Releases Nationwide Bike Share Ridership Data (3/9/2017)
NACTO and the Better Bike Share Partnership release best practice guidance for engaging communities in mobility initiatives (9/26/2018)
84 Million Trips Taken on Shared Bikes and Scooters Across the U.S. in 2018 (4/17/2019)
NACTO Releases Guidelines for Managing Shared Bikes and Scooters in Cities (9/11/2019)

Press

NACTO: If You Want Bike-Share to Succeed, Put Stations Close Together (Streetsblog, 4/29/2015)
The Why, Where and How of Adding Bike-Share Stations (Next City, 4/21/2016)
How We’ll Know When We’re Getting Bike Equity Right (Next City, 4/26/2016)
Do Bike Share Systems Actually Work? (Outside, 12/1/2016)
American Bike-Share Is Growing Quickly — In a Handful of Cities (Streetsblog, 3/9/2017)
How bike share is changing American cities (Curbed, 3/21/2017)
Americans Are Falling in Love With Bike Share (Wired, 5/3/2018)
Can dockless and station-based bike-share programs coexist? (Curbed, 5/30/2018)
How cities should regulate the scooter surge (Curbed, 7/11/2018)
As bike-share expands, neighborhood perception is key (Smart Cities Dive, 1/2/2019)
How five cities are expanding bike share to underserved communities (Curbed, 4/23/2019)
Micro-Mobility Is Here to Stay — Cities Should Act Accordingly (Government Technology, 5/1/2019)
Welcome, watch or ban: how should cities deal with electric scooters? (the Guardian, 6/18/2019)
Electric scooters: Love or hate them? Here’s what you need to know (USA Today, 8/14/2019)
After rise of scooters, NACTO updates micromobility guidance (Smart Cities Dive, 9/13/2019)
How cities are shaping up for the micromobility challenge (Evening Standard, 9/17/2019)
The quiet triumph of bike share (Curbed, 12/16/2019)
U.S. Scooter Ridership Surged in 2019. Now What? (CityLab, 8/27/2020)
E-scooters and bikes rebound as COVID-19 crisis keeps on rolling (Marketplace, 9/2/2020)
Micromobility ‘here to stay’ despite COVID setbacks: NACTO (Smart Cities Dive, 9/2/2020)