Shared Mobility City Index


SMCI Shared Mobility City Index

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Alpha, Beta, and Gamma cities are globally ranked based on their world connectivity through four advanced producer services: accountancy, advertising, banking/finance, and law.

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Shared Mobility City Index Introduction


 

Purpose

Launch a shared mobility program with valuable insight into your market. The current version of the SMCI™ is proving a practical tool to evaluate cities. The SMCI™ highlights key functional, political, social and environmental considerations to help assess cities on their suitability for your shared mobility services.

Your SMCI™ Report evaluates each city based on 5 themes:

  1. Commuting Patterns (25%)
  2. City Sustainability Vision and Plans (25%)
  3. Shared Mobility Providers (30%)
  4. Public to Private Cost Comparison (15%)
  5. Density (5%)

This framework covers several components such as geography, ease of doing business, shared mobility incentives provided, urban policy, shared mobility infrastructure, and the factors that influence car ownership.

City Report.

Main content of each report is:

  • Quick facts about the city
  • Geography, Demographics and Climate
  • Sustainability Vision and Plans
  • Incentives for Individuals and Ease of Doing Business
  • Shared Mobility Providers offered (includes updates about the providers progress in a given city and identifies any partnerships)
  • Mobility Commuting Patterns
  • Public to Private Cost Comparison

About movmi’s 2019 SMCI™ edition:

For this 2019 edition, we wanted to include cities that were “up and coming”. While the city may not have the strongest shared mobility structure to date, we see them as cities that could get there in the near future. When selecting the 20 cities, we also wanted to have an even distribution geographically from coast to coast.

THEORETICAL FRAMEWORK & CITY RESEARCH

The theoretical framework for the Index was created by consulting several shared mobility projects and industry experts. It is widely accepted within the carsharing community that that cities have a large influence on how successful shared mobility is. However, there has been very little academic or systematic research into what the key criteria are to determine when and if a city would be a viable market. This phase defined the major areas of interest and suggested many of their subsidiary indicators or variables.

The next phase was to identify if the proposed measures are resulting in viable and comparable data. Main sources for all data researched are open available data through the Internet. Most data was collected from census pages from the United States of America (U.S.A.) and from Canada, individual city webpages, Shared-Use Mobility Center, moovit Public Transit Index and other sources. We aimed to find data sources that were local (i.e. city-level), timely and reliable.

EVALUATION SCORING

Ranking was done either by distributing points or using the best in class methods.

The SMCI™ weighing of each criteria is as follows:

  1. Commuting Patterns (25%)
  2. City Sustainability Vision and Plans (25%)
  3. Shared Mobility Providers (30%)
  4. Public to Private Cost Comparison (15%)
  5. Density (5%)

Density

Density of a city is calculated by dividing the number of inhabitants by the area size. The cities were ranked according to the “best-in-class” method with 5 Points attributed to the city with the highest density.

COMMUTING PATTERNS

Data used from the most recent available census data with percentage of people using alternate modes (non-drive) of transportation:

  • Public Transit (max. 4 points)
  • Bike (max. 3 points)
  • Walk (max. 4 points).

A total of 11 points could be awarded.

Weighted at 25%.

SUSTAINABILITY

Points are attributed following this marking scale:
1 Point Is a Sustainability plan in place?
1 Point Is any kind of mobility part of it?
1 Point Does it include SMART goals including GHG emissions related to CO2 emissions of car?
1 Point Does it include plans for traffic congestion reduction?
1 Point Does the city have special parking permits for carsharing?
1 Point Does the city have incentives for developers related to carsharing or to limit parking spaces for private vehicles?
1 Point Does the city have developer requirements or incentives for other sustainable modes (e.g. bikesharing)? (1pt)
1 Point Does the city have any bikesharing by laws or financial support? (1pt)
1 Point Does the city have any scootersharing bylaw or financial support? (1pt)
1 Point Does the city have any vanpooling bylaw or financial support? (1pt)
3 Point Does the city have special open tenders related to shared mobility? (1pt for each type)
13 Points Maximum possible points
Weighted at 25%

SHARED MOBILITY

Points are attributed following this marking scale:

1 Point Is there a carshare provider?
1 Point Are there 2 or more carshare providers??
1 Point Is an EV carsharing fleet offered?
1 Point Is there a bikeshare provider?
1 Point Are there 2 or more bikeshare providers??
1 Point Are there E-Assist bikes offered?
1 Point Is there a scootershare provider?
1 Point Are there 2 or more scootershare providers??
1 Point Is there a microtransit provider?
1 Point Is there a vanpooling or ridesharing or carpooling provider?
10 Points Maximum possible points

Weighted at 30%

PRIVATE TO PUBLIC COST COMPARISON

Only the daily rate for unreserved garage parking is considered and the monthly cost of a public transportation pass. The cities were ranked according to the “best-in-class” method. Weighted at 15%