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Detroit pilots data standard for dockless mobility

By merging private sector data and public sector street design tools, Nacto believes it can help to build cities that work for everyone

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Detroit has taken a forward-looking view on smart mobility options such as e-scooters
Detroit has taken a forward-looking view on smart mobility options such as e-scooters

Detroit is to be a pilot city for dockless shared mobility data, which will be used by other cities and private sector mobility operators to collaboratively manage streets and achieve key mobility, safety and transportation equity goals.

 

The goal is to create a data standard to give cities a universal way to collect and aggregate critical information on the operation of scooters and bikes – including trip origins and destinations, neighbourhood availability, travel times and usage.

 

The pilot analysis tool will be built using scooter data provided by Bird and Lime.

 

Digital private-public collaboration

 

The work will be led by SharedStreets – a non-profit developing new models for digital public-private collaboration – in partnership with the National Association of City Transportation Officials (Nacto) and Detroit. SharedStreets builds tools and data governance models designed to make it easier for cities to work with companies to leverage data to improve urban mobility.

 

The non-profit claims its work is essential to establishing an open-source data ecosystem that allows cities and companies to work from consistent transportation datasets while rigorously protecting personal privacy.

 

“We’ve made progress updating the hardware of today’s streets, and with SharedStreets we can build the software we need to manage the streets of tomorrow,” said Janette Sadik-Khan, principal at Bloomberg Associates and chair of Nacto.

 

“By merging private sector data with public-sector street design tools, we can keep people moving and build cities that work for everyone, no matter how they get around.”

 

According to the partners, by allowing both the public and private sectors to speak in a universal transportation data language, these partnerships give cities unparalleled access to data, allowing them to make better planning and investment decisions.

“Our next step is to use data to better inform our decisions, whether it’s providing more mobility options in more neighbourhoods or making sure scooters aren’t blocking the right of way”

They also fill a long-missing link for mobility companies, providing a common standard for sharing data across city borders, providing a launching pad for public-private collaboration on reducing traffic deaths and preparing cities for the unprecedented transportation technological advancement emerging in cities.

 

“In just one year, scooters have completely transformed mobility. In Detroit, we took a forward-looking view on this new option to understand how it could make it easier for Detroiters to get around,” added Mike Duggan, mayor of Detroit.

 

“Our next step is to use data to better inform our decisions, whether it’s providing more mobility options in more neighbourhoods or making sure scooters aren’t blocking the right of way.”

 

The dockless mobility data agreement follows the announcement made last month by SharedStreets that Ford Motor Company, Uber and Lyft have signed onto the platform as founding, private sector partners.

 

These companies have committed to provide a growing network of global cities with critical data on kerb regulation and parking demand, traffic speeds, and data on for-hire vehicle pick-ups and drop-offs along crowded kerb space, among the most critical datasets on city streets.

 

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