Call for papers on special issue｜Transportation Research Part D: Transport and Environment
Understanding and planning shared micro-mobility
This special issue aims to bring together the emerging research on different shared micro-mobility modes, including e-scooters, bicycles, and e-bikes. We expect the submissions to make a step forward in our understanding of shared micro-mobility services and their environmental impacts.
Following the success of car-based shared mobility options such as Uber, Lyft, and Didi, shared micro-mobility services have gained rapid popularity in major cities around the world in the past few years. For example, at least 280 Chinese cities offer shared bike or e-scooter services and there are 235 million shared-bike users; Americans took nearly 84 million shared micro-mobility trips in 2018. These services are subtly changing how we travel, which has significant energy and environmental implications. Shared micro-mobility services also have the potential to address the first mile/last mile problem to reach public transit services, and thus reduce dependency on cars.
Many studies have examined travel behaviors, user characteristics, and socio-economic impacts of shared mobility users such as car sharers or Uber users in various ways and in different geographical and institutional contexts. However, shared micr0-mobility users have not been paid much attention. New data sources – such as big data – can provide valuable insights for understanding and planning shared micro-mobility, especially when fused with traditional data sources.
This special issue encourages submissions of original research articles that report significant research contributions on the following – non-exhaustive – topics.
Use of shared micro-mobility: How does the use of different shared micro-mobility modes (e.g., bikes vs. e-bikes vs. e-scooters) differ across space and time? How can big data and new methods be used to advance our understanding of shared micro-mobility behavior?
Correlates of shared micro-mobility: Who uses shared micro-mobility services? Do shared micro-mobility services benefit certain social groups more than others? Are there any equity concerns? What other factors affect the usage? What are the implications for land use and transportation planning?
Interactions with other modes: How do shared micro-mobility services affect the use of other transport modes? What is their potential for mode substitution in the long term? What are their traffic and environmental impacts?
Planning for shared micro-mobility: What are parking practices for different shared micro-mobility modes? How can planners better regulate the parking? How does the built environment affect the reallocation of shared micro-mobility modes? What would be the environmental impacts of different shared micro-mobility modes? How should they be managed and regulated?
While bike-sharing papers are very much within the scope of the special issue, we especially encourage submissions for other micro-mobility modes, given the dearth of studies. Please contact Guest Editors if you want to discuss the suitability of your work for this issue.
Call for papers issued: February 15, 2020
Submission portal opens: April 15, 2020
Submission deadline: October1, 2020
Author notification of the first round of reviews by: December 31, 2020
Author notification of the second round of reviews (if necessary): April15, 2021
Special issue completed: July1, 2021
This issue will be a virtual special issue. The paper will appear in the next regular issue after it is accepted. After all papers are accepted, guest editors will compile a virtual issue on the journal website. For an example of virtual issue, please visit:
All submissions must be original and may not be under review by any other journals. All manuscripts will be submitted via the Transportation Research Part D (TRD) online submission system. Authors should indicate that the paper is submitted for consideration for publication in this special issue. Author Guidelines: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/transportation-research-part-d-transport-and-environment/1361-9209/guide-for-authors
When choosing Manuscript “Article Type” during the submission procedure, click “VSI: Shared micro-mobility”, otherwise your submission will be handled as a regular manuscript.
All submitted papers should address significant issues pertinent to the themes of this issue and fall within the scope of Transportation Research: Part D. Criteria for acceptance include originality, contribution, and scientific merit. All manuscripts must be written in English with high scientific writing standards.
Acceptance for publication will be based on referees’ and editors’ recommendations following a standard peer review process.
All submissions and inquiries should be directed to the attention of guest editors:
Yacan Wang, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jiangping Zhou, email@example.com
Zia Wadud, Z.Wadud@leeds.ac.uk
Jingjuan Jiao, firstname.lastname@example.org