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

Federal Guidance

  • The Biden Administration put together this technical assistance guide to help communities navigate, access, and deploy infrastructure funding.
  • The FHWA’s Overview of Highway Provisions summarizes programs and provisions in BIL, focusing on highway provisions.
  • The FHWA and FTA compiled resources for project sponsors, localities, regions, State DOTs, and transit providers to understand how to use the flex funding provisions for simplified and lower-cost project delivery.
  • The DOT published a list of anticipated dates for Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs) for key BIL programs.
  • The Competitive Infrastructure Funding Opportunities for Local Governments Fact Sheet developed by the Biden Administration explains the 25 available or soon-to-be-available sources of funding that local governments – particularly cities – can compete or apply for directly.
  • This FHWA memo to State DOTs encourages States to prioritize safety and choices across all modes, and accommodate new and emerging technologies.
  • These USDOT State-by-State fact sheets explain transportation funding levels that each State can expect allocated by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • The USDOT Charging Forward: A Toolkit for Planning and Funding Rural Electric Mobility is a guide for developing EV infrastructure in rural communities for a variety of rural stakeholders, including States, local communities, Tribes, transportation providers, and others, and includes funding and planning guidance. While micromobility is not included in the first version, it is specifically called out to be included in updated versions of the Toolkit.
  • The USDOT’s recurring Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grants help communities to fix and modernize their infrastructure. The current application period is closed.
  • The FHWA BIL website is a hub for available information about FHWA funding opportunities created by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and will be continuously updated as new information rolls out.

Additional Guidance

  • Transportation for America (T4A) has guides that explain the available federal programs for transportation funding by different topics, such as public transportation, passenger rail, Complete Streets, active transportation, and EV infrastructure.
  • This T4A blog post unpacks what the BIL means for micromobility funding.
  • T4A’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) primer dives into what the bill is, how it came to be, as well as unpacks the funding and policy that will impact transportation.
  • The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) IIJA funding and policies guide is a snapshot of major policy changes and funding programs specifically for cities created through the BIL.
  • The American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) Smart Guide to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law provides information and resources about the BIL specifically for transit agencies.
  • PeopleforBikes created their Infrastructure Funding resource explaining what’s included in IIJA and how to connect with local decision-makers to help influence the allocation for improved and expanded bike infrastructure.
  • Bluegreen Alliance published this BIL user guide explaining policies, timelines, and implementation mechanisms for a number of programs and policies included in BIL.

Canada

  • The recurring $400 million Active Transportation Fund is available for planning and capital projects. The current application period is closed.
  • The $250 million Rural Transit Solutions Fund is now accepting applications under the Capital Projects stream. The Rural Transit Solutions Fund is the first federal fund to target the development of transit solutions in rural, remote and Indigenous communities.


Information for Advocates


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

Resource Documents

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.

Webinar: Federal Shared Micromobility Policy in 2021

NABSA hosted a webinar that allowed attendees to learn about the policy landscapes in the US and Canada in 2021 so far, what NABSA and allied organizations are doing to expand support for shared micromobility, and what you can do to help.

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.

Webinar: Infrastructure Advocacy

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.