As transportation continues to evolve, the growth of micromobility creates many different possibilities for the future.
What is micromobility?
Micromobility is transportation by light vehicles, including electric scooters, electric skateboards, shared bicycles, and electric pedal-assisted bicycles. Micromobility vehicles are typically under 1,100 pounds and have a motor.
What makes micromobility most interesting, though, is that they must be considered a shared service. An excellent example of one micromobility vehicle that has gained a large following is e-scooters.
E-scooters have found homes in many United States cities as their popularity increases. Cities are modeling the e-scooter programs like bike-share programs, though e-scooters can be dockless.
Scooters can enhance mobility. Cities can use them as a flexible and convenient alternative to shorter car trips that hurt the environment, cause traffic congestion, and can slow down other forms of mass transit like buses and ride-hailing cars.
Could micromobility be the future of commuting?
Possibly. At conferences like CoMotion LA, leaders are discussing the status of micromobility and where it can go in the future.
For example, micromobility vehicles have shrunk the footprint of urban transportation. In the past, it could be hard for commuters to get to or from a public transportation stop.
Micromobility can completely change that situation, particularly with electric options that make better use of city spaces, and are also green by nature, so it is very good for the environment.
For now, micromobility transportation is not eligible for commuter benefits. But you still have many options to commute, including ridesharing, and save up to $270 each month on commuting costs.