The Basics of Micromobility and Related Motorized Devices for Personal Transport

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC)

With a surge of new personal transportation devices coming to market, some integrated into shared ride systems (such as bikeshare programs), there is a need to establish a common vocabulary for these options, and provide basic information about how these devices are classified and regulated. This info brief provides an overview of powered forms of micromobility and compares features of micromobility with a spectrum of other traditional and emerging forms of transportation. It references and builds upon micromobility definitions created by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), a standards-developing organization and professional association.

Operations Area of Practice

  • Bicycles and Pedestrians

Event Type

  • Other/General

Content Type

  • Case Studies & Lessons Learned

Role in Organization

  • Associate Engineer
  • CEO / GM / Commissioner
  • Engineer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Researcher/Academic
  • Senior Engineer

Publishing Organization

  • FHWA


  • Learning

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Issue Date
November 13th, 2019
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