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Shared Mobility: Definitions, Free Tools

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Uber, Waze Carpool, Scoop, Capital Bikeshare...the list of technologies and services that allow you to share your ride with another goes on and on. In late 2015, The University of California Berkeley and the California DOT sponsored a white paper that defined shared mobility and discussed trip-planning mobile applications. They note that shared mobility is “the shared use of a vehicle, bicycle, or other mode – an innovative transportation strategy that enables users to gain short-term access to transportation modes on an “as-needed” basis. The term shared mobility includes various forms of carsharing, bikesharing, ridesharing (carpooling and vanpooling), and on-demand ride services. It can also include alternative transit services, such as paratransit, shuttles, and private transit services, called microtransit, which can supplement fixed-route bus and rail services.”

You can read the full white paper here: http://innovativemobility.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/SharedMobility_WhitePaper_FINAL.pdf 

Organizations like the Shared Use Mobility Center have dedicated themselves to shared mobility and have developed tools for agencies to study policies, located shared mobility services, and show the impacts of shared mobility. Links to these free tools are below:

Shared Mobility Policy Database

Features more than 700 of the most important shared mobility policies, studies and strategic plans in the United States. The database allows cities to access best practices and determine how other local governments are addressing new developments in shared mobility. http://policies.sharedusemobilitycenter.org/#/policies 

Mapping & Opportunity Analysis Tool

Pinpoints shared mobility vehicle locations in more than 50 North American cities. The tool also incorporates census data, transit quality, and other information to help cities better understand where greater service is needed, and what shared modes the market can support. http://maps.sharedusemobilitycenter.org/sumc/

Shared Mobility Benefits Calculator

Models the impacts of shared mobility growth scenarios. Cities can use the calculator to assess potential decreases in greenhouse gas emissions, reductions in vehicle miles traveled and other benefits from implementing various transportation improvements. http://calculator.sharedusemobilitycenter.org/#!/

Are you considering shared mobility in your city? How have you planned for the future of transportation where you live? TAM wants to know! Share your story with us via email at: TAM@TAMInc.org.

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