This project was funded by the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).
Advances in transportation technology — e-scooters and bike share, Lyft & Uber, and autonomous vehicles — are beginning to have profound impacts on cities. New mobility is changing not only how we travel, but also urban form and development itself. In the near future, we can expect differences in what public transit looks like, the layout of cities, and the places we spend our time. In turn, these changes will likely have additional effects on land use, street design, parking, housing, equity, and municipal finance. Will cities be ready to meet these changes? Rather than be swept along in the wake of change, how can communities intelligently guide urban density, sprawl, vitality, economics and sustainability?
This research project offers a guide for city staff and leadership on adopting local policy and code to respond to the emergence of these technologies and encourage their responsible use. For cities that are serious about climate change and social equity, these technological changes have enormous potential to address those issues – but it won’t happen automatically.
Schlossberg, Marc and Heather Brinton. Steering New Mobility in the Right Direction: Matching the Speed of Technology with the Speed of Local Government. Project Brief NITC-RR-1216 Portland, OR: Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), 2020