UBRI is working with the School of Architecture and Planning and Shared Mobility, Inc. to research potential impacts of electric micromobility (EMM), or electric bikes, scooters, and other personal mobility devices. These devices were legalized in NYS in April 2020 and are growing more popular locally and around the globe. Decision makers across NYS can benefit from a fuller understanding of EMM to safely and efficiently integrate these devices into local transportation networks.

To support the adoption of EMM in NYS, UBRI is partnering with UB professors in Urban and Regional Planning, Emmanuel Frimpong Boamah and Daniel Hess, on a focused research project. The UB team will lead a spring 2021 studio course of Urban Planning graduate students to provide key research findings that promote local policy development around EMM and shared systems operations. The project involves a survey on perceptions of e-bikes and e-scooters and how EMM may change travel patterns. The information gathered in the survey will be used to develop methods to project the potential impacts that EMM could have on greenhouse gas emissions by reducing vehicle use. More broadly, the UB team’s work is meant to assist local decision makers and share system operators as they look to effectively integrate EMM into Upstate transportation networks. 

The project focuses on the regions of Buffalo, Rochester, and Albany, and is funded through a NYS Energy Research and Development Authority grant aimed at “Improving the Efficiency of New York’s Transportation System.”