Going Small – The Transition to Urban Micromobility

Micromobility devices have proliferated around the world and have become part of the new mobility world. But it’s no less a challenge for cities, caught unawares by the explosion of small, single-person vehicles flooding their streets, and faced with managing the wide-ranging implications for transit networks, streetscapes, social justice and human behaviour.

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How Small Changes to Traffic Signals can Make Walking Better

Traffic signals give priority to motor vehicles over pedestrians. This inequality undermines many of the stated goals of transport, health and environment policy. This presentation discusses how signals affect pedestrian accessibility, and what can be done about it. Did you know that typical traffic signals in a city reduce the radius being reached on foot by 24%? This means a loss of 45% in the number of areas and opportunities that a pedestrian could reach compared with 100 years ago.

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The Community Benefit of Supporting the Operators Bottom Line

Shared micromobility provides a unique opportunity to respond to a suite of urban concerns that are common to many cities throughout Asia Pacific – congestion, carbon emissions, transport equity and economic activation. All at little to no cost to the rate payer.
However, as we have seen over the last few years this also comes with challenges including public realm clutter and safety concerns. This has led to the trend of cities who are a few years into their micromobility journey resolving these challenges through best practice technology, supportive operations and a more experienced micromobility community (riders and non-riders).

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Safe and Active Roads to School – Wollongong

Effective engagement with students is central to a successful walk and cycle to school program.
Healthy Cities Illawarra representative Jon Lindley explains how the group’s Safe and Active Roads to School program educated school children on the benefits of walking and cycling to school and about how 30kmh speed limits are used around the world to enable young people to walk or ride safely.

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Billions of missing bike trips

A new app is getting more people on bikes by replicating the success of the Fitbit in motivating people to walk more.
Love to Ride Asia Pacific Regional Manager Christina Sorbello will explain the technology behind the Love to Ride app and many of its initial data and findings.
“Right now, bike riding data is where step counting data was at 12 years ago,” Christina says.

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Future of delivery: Unleashing the potential of micromobility for the last mile

Demand for deliveries of almost everything from ready-to-eat meals to home improvement items is on the rise.
The resulting demand on freight services, especially the ‘last mile’ that brings the service or product directly to customers, adds pressure to cities and neighbourhoods. Relying upon cars, vans and trucks for the last mile risks clogging up local places, adds to emissions and negatively impacts on health and wellbeing.
Sara Stace and Shifani Sood, from consultancy firm WSP Global, will provide case studies from around the world on success stories and ideas that can be applied in cities across Australia to enable an effective shift towards micromobility for the last mile.

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E-Scooter Management in the City of Adelaide: Insights from a Designated Parking Trial

Parking has been a thorny issue for e-scooter share services in many countries.
Penelope Bennett, Senior Transport Planner at the City of Adelaide, will share insight to a trial by the SA council to test the effectiveness and desirability of designated scooter parking.
The trial received mixed feedback about designated parking and identified technical and practical issues. The outcomes of a community survey for the trial will help determine if e-scooter designated parking zones (with decals on the footpath) are appropriate infrastructure for ongoing use. It will also highlight benefits and issues with the wider application of designated parking.

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From Car Park King to Covid Recovery – Leicester’s transformation

UK city Leicester is a shining beacon for active transport, visited by transport officials from throughout Britain and the world to discover the ingredients for its success. 
Leicester City Council’s Active Travel Team Leader, Andy Salkeld, has been central to the city’s transformation and will share a 10-year overview of the progress from car dominance and dependency to people-friendly streets. 
His insights include the value of strong political leadership and generating a mandate for change that consider the economic, social and environmental benefits of people-friendly strategies. 

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Patterns of E-Scooter and Bicycle Accidents in Munich, Germany

Maryna Pobudzei, a researcher into micromobility sharing systems, presents the results of a Munich study that identified differences and similarities between e-scooter and bicycle crashes. The 31-month study revealed valuable trends in the types of people involved in scooter and bike crashes, where they are most likely to occur, and how further investigations can improve micromobility safety.

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