The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), an organization that represents 62 cities and 11 transit agencies across North America, recently released city-developed comprehensive guidance to help cities regulate and manage new shared active transportation companies, from dockless bike share bikes to electric scooters. This guidance, funded by the Better Bike Share Partnership, is designed to show how cities can effectively manage shared active transportation companies in the public right-of-way and, at the same time, allow for flexibility and experimentation to welcome new mobility choices on city streets.
NACTO’s Guidelines for the Regulation and Management of Shared Active Transportation provide standards for cities to manage companies that are not otherwise overseen or selected through competitive procurement processes or contract. The guidelines also set minimum standards for managing this new industry on city streets, including:
- permitting frameworks,
- city/company communication mechanisms,
- standards for communicating with the public,
- data requirements,
- minimum equipment safety standards, and
- customer privacy standards.
In addition to policy areas, the NACTO guidelines detail where cities and policy makers should evaluate conditions at a local level, including parking options – from lock-to requirements to dedicated street space for Shared Active Transportation – and community engagement programs. The guidelines identify incentive-based permitting mechanisms that cities are using to encourage companies to provide service that meets their mobility and equity goals.
The guidelines also include an overview of the state-of-practice from cities across the U.S. that are currently regulating Shared Active Transportation providers, from fleet size and service area restrictions to permit fees and equitable distribution requirements. Examples include minimum numbers of rides per bike per day before companies are permitted to expand and distribution requirements that ensure that new mobility options equitably reach diverse communities in cities.
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