Hundreds convene for NABSA’s shared micromobility conference

More than 300 leaders in bikeshare and shared micromobility attended the North American Bikeshare Association”s (NABSA) sixth annual conference in Indianapolis.

The three-day conference was built around the theme ‘How We Move: Micromobility, Macro Impact’, with educational opportunities including infrastructure visits, presentations, discussions and breakout sessions.

Attendees discussed pressing issues facing the shared micromobility industry such as equity, accessibility, data privacy and analysis. NABSA also introduced a new publication and online resource supporting its equity goals, the ‘Workforce Diversity Toolkit for Bikeshare and Shared Micromobility’.

A General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS) Developers Workshop was held in conjunction with the conference, bringing experts from around the worl to work on how the feed should be updated to reflect changes in the industry.

The conference also saw key note remarks from two leaders in equitable engagement and transportation policy: Stephanie Gidigbi and Jay Pitter, MES.

Samantha Herr, NABSA executive director, said: “I’m really proud of what we accomplished at the conference this year. We didn’t just share with each other our experiences from home, but we actually come here, and we did the work together.”

Guadalajara, Mexico, has been announced as the location of NABSA’s 2020 conference set to take place 30th September to 2nd October, and will be the first NABSA gathering to be held in Latin America.

According to a recent study by INRIX, micromobility has the potential to replace around 50% of car trips in US and UK cities.

More information on the NABSA conference can be found here.

Hayley Everett

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