Micromobility Data Policies: A Survey of City Needs is a 10-page survey of the micromobility data sharing policies from over a dozen cities.
The author of this document 1 surveyed the data sharing policies of over a dozen cities, including Nashville, Chicago, Santa Monica, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Austin, and Dallas. Some of these cities had pilot programs, some post-pilot operational programs, and one had an emergency data sharing rule in place.
Based on the survey results, the author identified four major findings:
- Universal agreement on the need for trip data and fleet availability data
- A wide range of requirements regarding the frequency of data reporting
- Multiple approaches for handling customer feedback information
- The need for formal data sharing agreements
Note that at the time the survey was conducted, MDS was a newly emerging standard being developed by LADOT. The subsequent widespread adoption of MDS may change some of the findings.
The report includes a comprehensive table of 12 cities and the types of data collected by each city (trips, fleet, customer survey, parking, maintenance, safety/incidents, and data validation). All 12 cities required trip data, and 11 of the 12 required fleet data. Only two specifically addressed data validation.
For trip and fleet data, the report provides details, walking through an overview of the findings, why the data type is important, and how it is being collected across the surveyed cities. The results for the other data types are covered more briefly. In addition, there is a good discussion on reporting frequency and the use of APIs vs. static, periodic reports. Since the report was published, the widespread adoption of MDS makes the case for APIs even stronger than what is included in the report.