It’s been a year. Around this time last February, COVID-19 started to spread globally. We didn’t yet know what this terrible disease would take from so many of us. However, we did start to see cracks forming in the venture-funded veneer of the shared mobility world. From Car2go to Zagster, Winter 2020 brought a wave of shutdowns, mergers, and retreat to the most profitable, affluent markets. The collision of this bursting bubble with the onset of the pandemic would leave communities behind and yet provide an opening for rebirth and refocus on equitable mobility.

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The storm in our industry continued…


If you have crossed paths with our team over the years, you know that we hold a weird little place in the mobility world — we are part instigators, part problem solvers, part dreamers. Mobility Development starts with the premise that if transportation systems are going to serve everybody, they must be community controlled. With this mantra, we have supported the launch and growth of carshare, bikeshare, and volunteer transportation networks in marginalized communities since 2009.

About two months ago, we started talking with Uber about a donation of JUMP e-bikes under this same premise, following Uber’s exit from direct…


Since I moved to Chicago not too long ago, I’ve gradually been getting used to the phrase “windy city”. I get the weather. Having spent little over a decade in Buffalo — among other things building a carshare network that focused on the needs of low-income families and people of color — I figured I could handle the weather. The political meaning of the phrase, on the other hand…

Chicago will soon launch a pilot project with car2go, a free-floating carshare program that has been successful in a number of U.S. cities and in Europe. Like the City’s bikeshare program…

Creighton Randall

Principal Consultant at Mobility Development Partners, working to support local organizations design, execute, and grow community-controlled mobility networks.

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