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STATUS: Complete YEAR: 2019 TOPIC AREA: Public transit, land use, and urban mobility Transportation planning, policy, and finance CENTER: PSR

Dockless Scooter Travel: A Land Use Model with Implications for California

Project Summary

Project number: PSR-19-02
Funding source: Caltrans
Funding amount: $100,000
Contract number: 65A0674 TO 014
Project period: 8/1/2019 to 12/31/2020

Projet description

This research builds a land use regression model to explain dockless scooter trip generations. We use publicly available scooter trip generation data for Louisville, KY and Minneapolis, MN and publicly available data on land use characteristics. The model shows that scooter trip generations are associated with higher employment densities, higher densities of entertainment land uses (bars and clubs), and in some specifications higher densities of eating establishments and university buildings. We establish that using the regression results to predict out of sample gives predictions that correspond well to observed scooter trip generations in Austin, TX. Because scooter trip data are not available for research in California, we use the Minneapolis model to predict scooter trips as a function of land use characteristics in California census tracts. The results yield a promising screening method that can highlight census tracts with land use characteristics that are potentially supportive of micromobility and non-automobile short-trip travel. We recommend that such a screening method can be a first step in more detailed analyses of planning programs or infrastructure that could support non-automobile short-trip travel. 



Marlon Boarnet
Senior Associate Dean, Academic Affairs; Professor & Director of Graduate Programs in Urban Planning, Sol Price School of Public Policy
650 Childs Way
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall (RGL) 301CLos Angeles, CA 90089-0626
United States
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