DecarboN8 / CoMoUK webinar series: ‘Shared Mobility: plugging the evidence gaps’
The benefits of car clubs and, more recently, shared bike schemes have been understood through a programme of user surveys commissioned annually by Carplus/Bikeplus now named CoMoUK. The approach has developed an understanding of who joins and uses the systems and the extent to which members continue to hold cars or whether they reduce car ownership either partially or entirely as a result. The statistic that every car club vehicle removes between 6 and 10 private cars from the road has been a compelling part of the case for making parking space available for these vehicles.
However, as more and more diverse forms of shared mobility become available, it may be more important to understand how packages of mobility offerings impact ownership and use of transport rather than membership of single systems. It may also therefore be important to understand how the mix of offerings and restrictions to private car use impact on take up. This requires thinking beyond the individual user.
In addition, as these offerings become more widespread and networked, the use cases for shared mobility assets are becoming more diverse (e.g. long distance rail – car club – long distance rail) which might be very carbon beneficial but not connected to shedding individual vehicles. Such use cases, whilst important, remain niche in relation to national travel survey statistics and, therefore, difficult to establish. This could be particularly important if the target market for these products moves move from being those who were low car mileage drivers to higher mileage users.
The webinar series is to explore whether the evidence base for understanding the impacts of shared mobility needs rethinking. If so, what are the key questions which the evidence base needs to answer and, critically, what are the data sources and approaches that could be used to capture that?
Webinar 1 (27th April): Is the evidence base fit for purpose? What new questions need to be answered?
Webinar 2 (date TBC): What data sources and approaches could be used to tackle the knowledge gaps?
Webinar 3 (date TBC): What needs to happen next and who does what? Pilot studies, survey changes, data fusion, etc.
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