The City of Minneapolis, Minnesota recently launched a mobility hub pilot program to increase access to low-carbon transportation options. The mobility hubs are intended to provide easy public access to convenient, low or no carbon transportation options including transit, shared e-scooters, and Nice Ride bicycles. Information and feedback gained from the three-month pilot program will aid in implementing a long-term plan for a larger mobility hub network in the city. The city is working with Metro Transit, Hennepin County, new mobility service providers, and neighborhood organizations on the pilot. During the pilot program, staff from the city and partner organizations will be at the mobility hubs at select times to collect customer feedback and provide education on the new transportation options.
The hubs include a bus stop, bench, designated bike-share and e-scooter parking, and signage with travel times to points of interest. The initial pilot program will create a total of 12 hubs throughout the city, with more hubs planned in future.
“We want to get people out of their personal cars and onto low- or no-carbon transportation,” Josh Johnson, the city’s advanced mobility manager, said. “We are trying to get to those who have not considered using a bike, bus or scooter … to think about how you are moving around the city.”
The mobility hub pilot program is supported by the city’s participation in the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge – a two-year program that provides cities with new resources to tackle carbon reduction goals.