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Mobility on Demand (MOD) Webinar Series

MOD Webinar #5: Micromobility: An Increasing Mobility Option

Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM ET
Cost: All T3 webinars are free of charge.
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T3 and T3e Webinars are brought to you by the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Professional Capacity Building (PCB) Program of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) ITS Joint Program Office (JPO). References in this webinar to any specific commercial products, processes, or services, or the use of any trade, firm, or corporation name is for the information and convenience of the public, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the USDOT.

Overall Webinar Series

The Mobility on Demand (MOD) Research Program is a joint U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiative, co-led by the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO), Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). The MOD Research Program supports State and local public agencies as they navigate the dynamic, evolving landscape of personal mobility and integrated multimodal transportation networks. USDOT uses the term MOD to represent its vision for future mobility. MOD envisions a safe, reliable, and carefree mobility ecosystem that supports complete trips for all—both personalized mobility and goods delivery. USDOT achieves this vision by leveraging innovative technologies and facilitating public-private partnerships to allow for a user-centric approach, which improves mobility options for all travelers and delivery of goods and services.

This webinar series will share knowledge from several MOD Program projects to inform practitioners of opportunities to adapt transportation systems to recent trends in mobility and goods delivery. The MOD Program undertook several projects to provide detailed analysis, supporting various parts of the decision-making and planning processes for local practitioners considering integrated MOD deployments. Topics will cover MOD and transportation operations; business models of mobility providers; planning for and implementing integrated mobility services; relevant standards and gaps in standards necessary to enable MOD; innovations in paratransit, off-peak service, and micromobility infrastructure; a concept of operations for a MOD Mobility Marketplace; and selected findings from the independent evaluation of some of FTA’s MOD Sandbox pilots.

Micromobility: An Increasing Mobility Option


This webinar will present recent and ongoing micromobility research at USDOT.

Topics will include the process of creating standard definitions, safety and infrastructure needs from the perspective of deployers and users, and the resources available for planning and transportation leaders. Micromobility deployment and management will look different for each community, making it important to find topic-specific resources. In this webinar, participants will be presented information about the resources produced by USDOT that address these diverse needs, including resources created by the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS). Micromobility encompasses a variety of devices and presents multiple opportunities and challenges. This webinar will present information to participants about how stakeholders in their community view micromobility and the resources that are available to increase efficiency and public safety.

Target Audience

The target audience includes State and local departments of transportation; metropolitan planning organization (MPO) staff; private sector mobility service providers and vendors; researchers; and others with an interest in transportation policy.

Learning Objectives

The objectives of this webinar are that the audience will gain an understanding about:

  • Current and recent micromobility efforts that are currently underway at the USDOT and the resources available.
  • Context for curbside management and the impact of shared micromobility on the public right-of-way.
  • The various views of users, non-users, and experts on shared micromobility deployment and management based on insights gathered from literature reviews, expert interviews, and community focus groups.
  • The influence infrastructure and policy changes have on safety and utilization.


Robert Sheehan, Research Program Manager, ITS Joint Program Office
Robert Sheehan Mr. Sheehan began working as the Multimodal ITS Research Program Manager at USDOT’s ITS Joint Program Office in August 2013. Bob co-leads the USDOT’s Mobility on Demand Program and Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative with FTA and FHWA. Prior to joining the ITS Joint Program Office, Bob was with FHWA leading USDOT’s Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) Initiative. Bob received his Professional Engineer license in 2004 and his Professional Traffic Operations Engineer certification in 2008. He holds a master’s degree in transportation systems from Virginia Tech and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from West Virginia University.


Danielle Blackshear, Transportation Specialist, Office of Human Environment and Realty, Federal Highway Administration
Danielle Blackshear Ms. Blackshear is a Transportation Specialist with FHWA Office of Human Environment and specializes in transportation equity; mobility innovation; environmental justice; public involvement; community impact assessment; and context-sensitive solutions and design. Danielle provides technical assistance to transportation practitioners at FHWA, State DOTs, and MPOs to advance multimodal transportation systems planning. Danielle received her bachelor’s degree and masters of urban and environmental planning from the University of Virginia.

Henry Dunbar, Director, Active Transportation
Henry Dunbar Mr. Dunbar is the Director of Active Transportation in Arlington, VA, which includes the BikeArlington, WalkArlington, and Capital Bikeshare programs. Previously, Henry was executive director of Phoenix Bikes, a nonprofit youth program in Arlington.

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