What is Co-mobility?
Collaborative mobility is all about;
• using transport rather than owning it; making journeys using shared transport resources – cars, bikes and rides. New options are emerging such as scooters, and boundaries blurring – such as the emergence of shared demand responsive buses.
• linking effectively the ethos of shared transport with other ways of making journeys (public transport, active travel) so that together they create progressive mobility
• reciprocation – shared transport provides new opportunities for people to make conscious choices to travel responsibly
Co-Mobility provides people with alternative options to private car & bike ownership but with similar levels of independence. It complements public transport and active travel and together, these provide compelling mixes of choices for varied, practical and aspirational modern lifestyles. This leads to a shift away from car dependency and hence helps to unlock significant public benefits.
Co-mobility typically involves:
either sharing access to a vehicle of some sort for an independent trip
• Cars: car clubs (“carsharing” outside UK), automated rental, peer-to-peer rental and fractional (shared) car ownership
• Bikes: bike sharing and public bike hire
• Scooter sharing
or sharing a journey in the same vehicle:
• ride sharing (or “2+ car sharing”, and often “carsharing”)
• taxi sharing
• “on-demand” mini buses
Co-mobility both complements public transport and active travel.
Ride sourcing or ride hailing such as Uber & Lyft are app-based taxi services. As they trigger taxi-like car journeys, we do not consider them as co-mobility.
The development of a vibrant integrated CoMobility sector enables people to use their travel budget to mix and match the best modes for their needs. Evidence shows users typically:
• Enjoy added convenience
• Save money
• And reduce their single occupancy car miles …
…creating improved neighbourhoods and lifestyles.