NABSA Announces its Endorsement of the Shared Mobility Principles

The bikeshare and shared micromobility industry has seen tremendous growth and innovation in the last decade, further bringing its potential into the global eye. It has the potential to reshape cities, improve quality of life and health, and create equitable communities.

As the industry has taken shape, it’s been essential to create values and principles to ensure shared mobility, including micromobility, continues to move communities. Produced in 2018 by a working group of NGOs, the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities are a guiding framework for urban decision-makers and stakeholders to navigate the shifting transportation landscape while prioritizing the best outcomes for all.

NABSA joins other shared mobility thought-leaders, including New Urban Mobility Alliance,  Institute for Transportation and Development, Shared-Use Mobility Center, and numerous NABSA members as supporters of the principles. The Shared Mobility Principles are consistent with NABSA’s mission and core values for the shared micromobility industry, and as such, we are proud to endorse the Principles. Here are a few examples of how we’ve enacted the Principles in our work:


  • We promote equity. NABSA, in partnership with the Better Bike Share Partnership, developed a Workforce Diversity Toolkit for bikeshare and shared micromobility operators and system managers.
  • We lead the transition towards a zero-emissions future and renewable energy. NABSA’s mission is to support, promote, and enhance shared alternatives to traditional transportation, such as bikeshare and shared e-scooters – transportation options proven to be environmentally-friendly and sustainable.
  • We aim for public benefits via open data. Under NABSA’s leadership, the General Bikeshare Feed Specification (GBFS) Version 1 was developed by a team of bikeshare system owners and operators, application developers, and technology vendors, and we continue to partner with MobilityData to further advance the specification. Over 230 bikeshare and scooter systems worldwide have adopted the GBFS open data standard since its release in November 2015.

These are only a few examples of how the Shared Mobility Principles are woven into NABSA’s work and core values. Numerous NABSA members have also proven to be working examples of how to integrate the Principles into action.

Sustainable, inclusive, prosperous, and resilient cities depend on transportation that facilitates the safe, efficient, and pollution-free flow of people and goods, while also providing affordable, healthy, and integrated mobility for all people. More information about the Shared Mobility Principles for Livable Cities is available here.