Pacific Southwest Region 9 UTC

A National Study of Dockless Transportation: Land Use and Demographic Correlates of Trip Hotspots and Mode Shift

Project Number


Project Summary

The researcher will partner with a major dockless mobility company, Lime, to analyze dockless trip origin and destination data in a broad cross-section of cities and markets in the United States. Lime will also provide the data from a recent mode choice survey of their users. A key aspect of that survey is a question which asked users to self-report how they would have traveled on their most recent dockless trip had dockless mobility not been available – i.e. their self-reported “alternate” mode. Lime researchers, including Dr. Calvin Thigpen, policy research manager for Lime, will collaborate in the analysis. Additionally, the City of Los Angeles has agreed to provide data for scooter dockless mobility. The city has trip origin and destination data for all scooter companies licensed within Los Angeles. This will allow some comparison between the Lime data and (for one dockless mode – scooters) and the larger market, to provide insights into whether the Lime data are representative of the full market. Support letters from both Lime and the City of Los Angeles are included later in this proposal.

Project Status

In progress



Topic Area

Urban Mobility

P.I. Name & Address

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

Funding Source: Caltrans

Funding Amount: $100,000

Start and End Dates: August 1, 2019 to July 31, 2020