Shared electric bikes and scooters have sprung up in several cities across the United States with a promise to fill the existing gaps in urban mobility systems and to transform how people travel. Driven largely by private investments, they have been evolving constantly to meet the changing market needs and to adjust to the disruptions caused during the pandemic. Meanwhile, cities are innovating to develop governance, regulatory, and financial structures that can ensure that these new modes ultimately serve the needs of citizens in terms of improved accessibility, affordability, equity, and sustainability. Panelists on this webinar will discuss recent trends for shared micromobility services, their evolving role in supporting urban transportation, strategies for city leaders to better direct and manage them, and the vision for the next decade.
Cary Bearn, Senior Program Manager, National Association of City Transportation Officials
Melinda Hanson, Founder, Brightside
Joshua Johnson, Senior Policy Manager, Lyft
Anusha Chitturi, Visiting Fellow, Eno Center for Transportation
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Cary Bearn is a Senior Program Manager leading NACTO’s bicycle and shared micromobility programs. Cary is leading the update to the Urban Bikeway Design Guide, a multi-year effort that includes releasing seven working papers used to expand the scope of the updated guide. Cary also convenes roundtables, facilitates Cities for Cycling and Shared Micromobility peer network calls, and organizes workshops and other trainings to document and share best practices that make North America’s streets safer, more equitable, and more sustainable through biking. Before joining NACTO, Cary was the Chief Bicycle Officer for the City of Atlanta where she led the City’s bike planning efforts and managed the City’s shared micromobility programs.
Melinda Hanson is the founder of Brightside, where she leads public affairs and applied research to advance sustainable urban mobility. Melinda’s spent her career decarbonizing urban transport including as Head of Sustainability at Bird, as Deputy Director at NACTO’s Global Designing Cities Initiative, and as a consultant with the Asian Development Bank.
Joshua Johnson is a Senior Policy Manager for Lyft’s Transit, Bikes and Scooters team in the greater Mountain West and Pacific Northwest regions, and leads Lyft’s federal micromobility policy portfolio. Prior to Lyft, Josh was a Senior Public Policy Manager for Spin, where he led data policy, research, and federal policy efforts. Additionally, Josh was Vice-Chair of ITS America’s Mobility On Demand Committee, as well as a member of the Open Mobility Foundation’s Tech Council and Privacy Committee, and NABSA’s Research & Data and Policy Committees. Before joining Spin, Josh served as the Advanced Mobility Manager for the City of Minneapolis, where he led the development and implementation of numerous mobility pilots and projects including mobility hubs, EV carshare, e-scooters, dockless and electric bikeshare, and rideshare pickup/dropoff zones.