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Geospatial Analysis Applications in Shared Mobility

Authors: Yi Wen*,
Topics: Transportation Geography, Urban Geography, Urban Geography
Keywords: Shared Mobility, Transportation, Geospatial Analysis
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/8/2020
Start / End Time: 3:20 PM / 4:35 PM
Room: Virtual Track 3
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Emerging shared mobility options such as dockless electric bikes and scooters are on the rise in cities all over the world, while they are believed to bring in convenience for city dwellers as well as visitors to get around, they also generate a spectrum of uncertain impacts on issues such as sustainability, congestion, and equity. Meanwhile, these shared mobility options provide rich trip level big data that hopefully can address some of these issues when they are analyzed properly, this is where geospatial analysis can be applied. These applications include but are not limited to 1) visualization of trip patterns, 2) evaluating the performance of street improvement projects, 3) finding the shortest rebalancing route to minimize operational transportation impacts, 4) locating the warehouse(s) to minimize transportation impacts, 5) identifying hotspots for dangerous riding or infrastructure, 6) analyzing preferences on infrastructure use, 7) performing service equity level assessment. This poster will briefly recap on the trend of emerging shared mobility options, followed by a demonstration of shared mobility databases, and concluded with a list of potential research questions and ideas that geographers can make a difference by bringing geospatial analysis skills to the transportation domain. This poster aims at building connections between geographers and transportation researchers for future collaboration opportunities, providing some potential directions for geographers to apply their skills towards.

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