After rise of scooters, NACTO updates micromobility guidance

More than a year after shared scooters fleets were introduced to cities, the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) has released updated guidelines to manage shared micromobility fleets.

To more nimbly regulate the industry and meet transportation goals, the guide recommends flexible permitting structures, including incentive-based performance clauses around issues like shifting trips or increasing options for underserved communities. The guide also says city streets should be redesigned “to fully realize the potential of shared micromobility” and give users a safe space to ride. That includes a recommendation that cities direct permit fees to infrastructure projects.

The guidelines, developed by NACTO’s steering committee of 81 cities and transit agencies, cover a range of issues, from safety concerns to operational requirements.