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Is micro-mobility sustainable? An overview of implications for accessibility, air pollution, safety, physical activity and subjective wellbeing

Milakis, Dimitrios and Gebhardt, Laura and Ehebrecht, Daniel and Lenz, Barbara (2020) Is micro-mobility sustainable? An overview of implications for accessibility, air pollution, safety, physical activity and subjective wellbeing. In: Handbook of Sustainable Transport Edward Elgar.

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Abstract

Micro-mobility (MM) is usually presented as an environmental friendly, flexible and socially inclusive new group of travel modes. This chapter first defines and then explores the social sustainability potential of MM by providing an overview of MM implications for accessibility, air pollution, safety, physical activity and subjective wellbeing. Our results show that MM could enhance accessibility, yet costs, physical ability and technical skills might exclude certain social groups from using such modes. MM modes have no or limited direct CO2 emissions but environmental effects are uncertain if we account for the production of these modes. Road safety could be enhanced due to mutual awareness stimulation, but also compromised due to speed differential between MM and other modes. Physical activity could be increased or reduced depending on whether MM modes are electric or not. Exercising, enjoying the scenery, and having fun could enhance subjective well-being of MM mode users, while perceived safety risk could negatively influence subjective well-being. We conclude that MM sustainability potential should not be automatically assumed and could vary among the different MM modes. We suggest a set of regulatory actions with regards to permission, operation and monitoring of MM systems that could enhance their social sustainability.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/134566/
Document Type:Book Section
Title:Is micro-mobility sustainable? An overview of implications for accessibility, air pollution, safety, physical activity and subjective wellbeing
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Milakis, DimitriosDimitrios.Milakis (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-5220-4206
Gebhardt, LauraLaura.Gebhardt (at) dlr.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-0167-8481
Ehebrecht, Danieldaniel.ehebrecht (at) geo.hu-berlin.deUNSPECIFIED
Lenz, Barbarabarbara.lenz (at) dlr.de; barbara.lenz (at) geo.hu-berlin.dehttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6027-7576
Date:2020
Journal or Publication Title:Handbook of Sustainable Transport
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Editors:
EditorsEmailEditor's ORCID iD
Curtis, CareyUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Publisher:Edward Elgar
Status:Accepted
Keywords:Micro-mobility implications, accessibility, air pollution, safety, physical activity, subjective wellbeing
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System
DLR - Research area:Transport
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Transport und Klima
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Transport Research
Deposited By: Milakis, Dimitrios
Deposited On:20 Apr 2020 22:53
Last Modified:20 Apr 2020 22:53

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