mi·​cro·​mo·​bil·​i·​ty ˌmī-krō-mō-ˈbi-lə-tē How to pronounce micromobility (audio)
variants or micro-mobility
: transportation over short distances provided by lightweight, usually single-person vehicles (such as bicycles and scooters)
The arrival of electric scooters and motor-assisted bicycles, backbones of a transportation mode known as micromobility, has been greeted as part of the solution to clogged roadways and unbearable travel delays.Norman Mayersohn
If micro-mobility continues to evolve and gain in popularity, it will raise a host of questions for public officials. The demand for bike lanes could, for example, increase sharply …Joshua Emerson Smith

Examples of micromobility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In order to achieve the societal benefits that micromobility has the potential to provide, in addition to regulating micromobility, cities should consider subsidizing these services. Regina Clewlow, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 Friends and colleagues are mourning the death of a New York journalist who died in what authorities say is the city's latest deadly fire sparked by a micromobility device's lithium-ion battery. Claire Thornton, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2024 Nearly three years after New York City legalized the use of micromobility vehicles, building managers and lawmakers are grappling with how to prevent battery fires, with some calling for prohibitions on e-bikes and e-scooters, at least until ways to minimize the risks have been established. Joyce Cohen, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Mar. 2023 While transit use plummeted along with commuting by car, purchases of electric micromobility devices soared. Michael Barnard, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 There's still plenty of growth potential in the micromobility market very much on the upswing according to several reports. Ed Garsten, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Injuries related to micromobility devices including e-scooters, e-bikes and hoverboards have risen an estimated 23% each year since 2017, surging nearly 21% last year from 2021, the federal agency said in its report which is based on data collected from U.S. hospitals. Kate Gibson, CBS News, 17 Oct. 2023 By mid-August Rue Royale will be open only to pedestrians, public transit, emergency vehicles, cyclists and micromobility users. Carlton Reid, Forbes, 4 July 2022 In the vast realm of last-mile electric micromobility, Honda’s new Motocompacto aims to bridge the divide between scooter lovers and people who prefer to get around riding a carry-on-sized suitcase. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, 14 Sep. 2023

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Word History


micro- + mobility

First Known Use

2000, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of micromobility was in 2000

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“Micromobility.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/micromobility. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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