User Characteristics, Spatiotemporal Patterns and Spatial Access in a Dockless E-Scooter Service in Puerto Rico

A case study is presented of a dockless e-scooter system in Mayagüez, Puerto Rico. As part of the analysis, the attributes and opinions of users and nonusers of the e-scooter service are examined. In addition, methods are proposed for quantifying spatial access to dockless micromobility systems and for measuring the regularity of their spatiotemporal patterns. Spatial access is measured in terms of network-level proximity to the e-scooter fleet, and the regularity of spatiotemporal patterns is assessed using a similarity measure approach. The analysis suggests that, like in other cities, e-scooter users tend to be male and young, and that nonusers do not participate in the system given cost and safety concerns. Most users are students at the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez (UPRM). Trips starting or ending at UPRM account for 78% of all e-scooter trips, which are also closely linked to neighborhoods with a high concentration of UPRM students. The majority of e-scooter trips occur during weekdays, and the demand for the service drops significantly when the university is not in session. Lastly, the application of the proposed methods is illustrated using data from the considered system. Differences in spatial access within and between the study zones are observed.

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    • This paper was sponsored by TRB committee AP020 Standing Committee on Innovative Public Transportation Services and Technologies.
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    Transportation Research Board

  • Authors:
    • Rodriguez-Roman, Daniel
    • Camacho Bonet, Andrés G
    • Yáñez González, Gabriela
    • Acosta Pérez, Fernando A
    • Villa Zapata, Lina M
    • del Valle González, Carlos A
    • Colucci Ríos, Benjamín
    • Figueroa Medina, Alberto M
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  • Date: 2021


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Figures; Maps; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 20p

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  • Accession Number: 01763619
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-02714
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 11:07AM