Components of the Sharing Economy in Relation to Mobility
- Purpose – What problems are being addressed or solved by the sharing service?
- Constituency – Who is being served?
- Platform – How is the sharing service being operationalized?
- Mode – What type of sharing service is being utilized (e.g. rideshare via Uber or Lyft)?
Current State of Affairs in Risk Management in Relation to eSharing
There are several factors concerning the presence of e-sharing in the public sector that are intertwined with the aforementioned components of the sharing economy in relation to mobility. These factors include:
- Vision - Has the solution being provided by the sharing service been incorporated into long-term community mobility plans?
- Duration - What are the interim solutions and how long will it take to build out the long-term vision?
- Persistency – Is this plan sustainable?
- Saturation – How many possible solutions are there? With regards to physical space, how widely will these solutions be deployed?
Preparing for Risks Associated with the Changing Landscape of Transportation Options
Collaboration and community engagement are critical components when gearing for risks associated with a continually evolving sharing economy. Community leaders should incorporate each sharing option into overarching public transportation and mobility plans. They should consider how these options will integrate with existing infrastructures like streets, sidewalks, bike lanes, trails and parking facilities. Technologies that are already complementary to existing infrastructure, such as street lighting and traffic controls, should also be taken into account when assessing the integration of sharing options. Community engagement with residents, business owners and local government/authorities serves as an effective means of gauging the financial feasibility and safety of possible e-sharing mobility technologies.