Shared mobility is defined as the many transportation services that are shared among many people. This can be your public bus or metro system, carsharing, ridesharing (like Uber or Lyft) or micromobility. At KiK Mobility, we deal with the aspect of micromobility, which is the sharing of lightweight vehicles such as bikes or scooters for transportation. Regardless of the method of transportation, shared mobility serves a great purpose in the decongestion of our busy cities and contributions to reducing carbon emissions across the globe.
According the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the typical automobile emits 4.6 metric tons of carbon dioxide every year. With millions of personal vehicles around the globe, a half million tons of carbon dioxide are spewed into the atmosphere every year. Shared mobility helps to reduce the usage of individual passenger vehicles and get people to their destinations more efficiently.
Shared mobility is growing rapidly around the world, and while it will not replace small passenger automobiles entirely it will certainly cut down on their use. A 2017 article from McKinsey & Company detailed how the rise of shared mobility will affect global transportation over the next fifteen years. Global vehicle sales growth is expected to slow from 3.6% in 2015 to between 1.9-2.4% by 2030. Along with this, McKinsey conducted consumer surveys surrounding everyday use of “ride-hailing” services such as Uber and Lyft and found that 63% of people expected their usage of these services to increase or increase a lot over the next two years.
Micromobility is the specific area of shared mobility that KiK Mobility operates within. According to the Shared Use Mobility Center, bike-sharing was established in 1965 in Amsterdam and has grown to over 1,000 individual systems across the world. Bike-sharing deals with both traditional pedal bicycles and electric bicycles. Scooter-sharing is new to the scene of shared mobility but has become very popular with those in urban environments.
Micromobility is a very important component of shared mobility as the tiny footprint of these vehicles helps to decongest the heavy traffic of urban areas. Large cities across Europe and the United States deal with constant vehicle congestion that slows commutes and contributes to poor air quality. Most micromobility vehicles operate solely on electric and human power and take up fractions of the space taken up by a traditional automobile.
Public transportation such as busses and subways transport large numbers of people efficiently but lack a certain sense of freedom. Transportation via scooters and bikes allow for total personal freedom and the ability to reach your destination without unnecessary stops.
As the technology of transportation improves, many new shared mobility solutions will be devised. Many believe that autonomous shared vehicles are just down the road, and prototypes of buses designed to travel above traffic have been debuted in several countries. Shared mobility is the way of the future, and KiK Mobility aims to aid in the furthering of the movement.