Micromobility ‘here to stay’ despite COVID setbacks: NACTO

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Shared bikes and e-scooters saw 136 million trips in 2019, up 60% from 2018, according to new figures released by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO).

NACTO found the majority of micromobility trips in 2019 were short, averaging 11 to 12 minutes in duration and between 1 and 1.5 miles in distance. The organization said those figures are key as 35% of car trips in the U.S. are less than 2 miles, so shifting more trips to bikes and scooters could help ease issues like congestion, road safety and emissions.

The association warned that ridership has suffered enormously this year due to COVID-19, which brought massive drops in transportation ridership across the board, including in micromobility. Even as some transit and dockless systems shuttered completely amid a roughly 70% drop in riders, docked bike-share services only saw a 44% drop in ridership from March to April and have largely rebounded, NACTO found.