What is micromobility?
The term micromobility (or micro-mobility) typically refers to small, lightweight vehicles driven directly by users, often in an urban environment. These vehicles typically operate at speeds below 25 km/h, are used for relatively short trips and utilise bike lanes or share roads with other vehicle types. The vehicles are typically either manually powered or powered by electric motors.
The below vehicles, whether privately owned or shared fleet vehicles, are typically classified as micromobility devices:
- electric scooters
- electric skateboards
The major benefits of micromobility have to do with these solutions replacing personal cars. This leads to less traffic congestion, less vehicle emissions and less noise pollution. These vehicles also tend to be more affordable both in terms of purchase cost and maintenance. And they are more convenient than personal vehicles, especially in urban environments, given the ease of parking and storing. These benefits along with the increased prevalence of shared bikes and scooters in major cities have made the concept a popular topic of conversation among individuals and governments.