Advocacy Toolkit


Resources and guidance to help you advocate for shared micromobility.

NABSA’s Advocacy Toolkit serves as a resource and guidance for our members and shared micromobility stakeholders interested in advocating for the expansion of shared micromobility systems in communities. The toolkit contains public documents and exclusive member resources that can aid in speaking about the industry, communicating with policy-makers and key stakeholders, and provide general knowledge that can strengthen advocacy efforts.

In addition to the resources below, we encourage advocates to learn about NABSA’s ongoing advocacy work and priorities.

Learn About NABSA’s Advocacy Work

Toolkit Content:

State of the Industry Report


The annual Shared Micromobility State of the Industry Report captures in-depth metrics about shared micromobility across North America that demonstrate the industry’s growth and success. The report is a powerful tool that can be utilized by advocates to speak to shared micromobility’s ability to help achieve climate, equity, economic, and public health goals.

The report includes:

  • Community benefits, including increased physical activity, positive environmental impacts, and access to jobs
  • Rider demographics
  • Transportation access and equity
  • Trends by vehicle type
  • Operating costs and revenues
  • And much more

Funding Sources


United States

  • The Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program provides funds to States for transportation projects designed to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality. CMAQ has been used to provide funding for bikeshare related expenses and could potentially expand to include all shared micromobility projects. Learn more about CMAQ here. An additional CMAQ resource from the League of American Bicyclists can be found here.
  • The Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) is the largest federal funding source for bike infrastructure. TAP provides funding for programs and projects defined as transportation alternatives. Eligible projects include on- and off-road pedestrian and bicycle facilities, infrastructure projects for improving non-driver access to public transportation and enhanced mobility, community improvement activities, environmental mitigation, trails that serve a transportation purpose, and safe routes school projects. Learn more about TAP here.

Canada

  • Infrastructure Canada is accepting applications for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: COVID-19 Resilience stream responds to the impacts of COVID-19 by providing provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short-term projects. Eligible projects include developing active transportation infrastructure, including parks, trails, footbridges, bike lanes, and multi-use paths. Learn more about this opportunity here.
  • The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19. It will provide $5,000 – $250,000 in funding to a broad range of organizations, including local governments and nonprofits, for projects that provide improved mobility solutions.


Information for Advocates


This section contains resources that provide foundational knowledge about advocating for the shared micromobility industry.

Resource Documents

US Department of Transportation + Bikeshare FAQs

Questions that have been frequently asked of both the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) related to bikesharing systems, their eligibility, funding, and relevance within the Department.

Shared Micromoblity Policy Toolkit: Docked and Dockless Bike and Scooter Sharing

This toolkit outlines policies and practices for cities integrating shared micromobility into the built environment.

Member-Only Resources


Below you'll find additional resources available only to NABSA members. You must sign-in to your member account in order to access these items.

Shared Micromobility Bill Tracker

Currently available for only U.S. legislation, the Shared Micromobility Tracker compiles bills that have the potential to affect shared micromobility.

Infrastructure Advocacy Webinar Recording

The discussion touched on how some cities are incorporating slow or closed streets into their COVID-19 response, providing expanded, safe spaces for socially distant pedestrian and shared micromobility transportation. We received tips for how shared micromobility operators can join in advocating for improved infrastructure and discussed community engagement’s role in infrastructure advocacy.

Advocacy Category in Knowledge Share

The advocacy category in the Knowledge Share contains resources contains studies, webinars, and conference sessions that may assist with advocacy efforts.