Project information
The role of shared micromobility systems in urban sustainability and resilience: New challenges and opportunities (ROMSUR)

Project Identification
Project Period
9/2024 - 8/2026
Investor / Pogramme / Project type
European Union
MU Faculty or unit
Faculty of Economics and Administration

Shared micromobillity has been extensively developed globally in the past few decades, but its role in shaping sustainable urban transportation system remains unclear. In this regard, this research determines the central constructs that are critical to the sustainability and resilience of shared micromobillity. Specifically, it takes major shared micromobillity programs (e.g., station-based bike-sharing (SBBS), free-floating bike-sharing (FFBS), free-floating e-bike sharing (FFEBS), and free-floating e-scooter sharing (FFESS)) operating in Europe as examples to empirically analyze the mobility patterns of their users across three timescales: before, during, and after the pandemic. As a methodology, this study will utilize a combination of quantitative and qualitative techniques. The quantitative techniques include creation of dynamic origin-destination (OD) flow maps and the standard linear model (SLM) of OD flows, to statistically infer mobility differences between selected timescales. The qualitative approach, on the other hand, employs the Delphi method to solicit feedback from international experts who are well-versed in civil engineering and shared mobility in order to identify the challenges and opportunities faced by shared micromobility and to define thier main constructs of sustainability and resilience. The expected outcomes may unravel major differences in passenger travel patterns, habits and mode share shifts. In addition, the regional differences in mode choice, operational efficiency, fleet scale, and market potential of shared micromobility can vary greatly. Therefore, authorities should formulate appropriate shared micromobility plans based on the current conditions and goals of the region.

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