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Micromobility

Micromobility is a trend that’s growing and KTN’s Transport Team is working closely with industry and government to understand the opportunities and the challenges.

The way people and goods travel is changing and people want short, particularly urban, journeys to be cleaner, greener and healthier.  This is even more pertinent as our relationships with town and city centres has changed due to the pandemic.  As demands and trends change, technology is responding.

Micromobility is a catch-all term covering electric bikes, scooters, skateboards: small, often electric vehicles designed for one or two people.

This sector is changing rapidly; at present, many Mircromobility vehicles are not legal on UK roads and the development of this industry is being carefully considered by government and industry. The potential benefits are huge to our health, our environment and our urban planning.  But the growth of the sector needs to be well-managed and consultations are underway to assess the potentials and the challenges.

Our Micromobility Expert

Rob Furlong

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Funding Opportunities

KTN-iX challenge: Solutions for Smarter & Greener Places

Through this iX challenge, EQUANS, part of the ENGIE Group, is looking for SME’s with innovative solutions that create smarter and greener places who are interested in corporate strategic investment, with innovations across energy, mobility and infrastructure that enable smarter and greener places. Alongside technical innovations, EQUANS is interested in educational tools that help to promote behavioural change in communities, supporting democratisation in achieving decarbonisation.

Opens: 06/07/2021 Closes: 30/09/2021

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Knowledge transfer partnerships (KTP): 2021 to 2022, round 3

Up to £6 million is available to fund innovation projects, which are a partnership between an academic institution/RTO/Catapult and a business or not-for-profit, employing 1-2 graduate associates.

Opens: 05/07/2021 Closes: 29/09/2021

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Recorded: 23rd July

Micromobility Hub: Behaviours and Attitudes around Micromobility

Is there a role for innovation in promoting more active travel? We know being more active is good for our mental and physical health but how can innovation nudge behaviours, so it becomes a more dominant form of travel? In this webinar we will be joined by Jenna Panter, Cambridge University and Vivacity Labs to discuss the technology and behavioural changes that need to happen so active travel is pervasive and becomes a routine.

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News

28.07.2021

Accessibility across all transport modes

The Department for Transport has announced a range of initiatives to support and enable confident travel for disabled people, linked to the National Disability Strategy. Disabled passengers will have better accessibility when using transport and a significant say in how they travel and how the future of transport is shaped.  The initiatives are welcomed by KTN’s Transport Team, who are acutely aware of the importance of accessibility across all modes of transport.

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17.06.2021

KTN launches Micromobility Hub events

KTN has launched its Micromobility Hub, kicking off with three hour-long webinars in July 2021 where delegates can share best practice and identify barriers and opportunities to adoption and implementation.

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