The rise of micromobilities at tourism destinations

Nicholas Davies, Luke Blazejewski, Graeme Sherriff

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Abstract

Purpose
This paper aims to identify the need for research that focuses on micromobilities at tourist destinations, charting their recent expansion and exploring development challenges

Design/methodology/approach
This discussion draws together recent evidence and studies that are directly and indirectly related to the rise of micromobilities. It identifies and critically analyses the trend going forward, its potential benefits and challenges, and offers several areas of future study

Findings
Micromobilities relates to a new umbrella term that includes, but is not limited to, walking, cycling (both existing modes), e-bikes and e-scooters (new modes). The proliferation of new micro-modes in urban zones at destinations can be viewed positively in terms of their potential to increase sustainable urban mobility and therefore destination attractiveness; but also negatively in terms of potential space issues, accessibility and sustainable implementation. Destination developers and stakeholders should therefore consider carefully how to successfully integrate micromobilities into sustainable transport systems.

Originality/value
This paper addresses a trend that is extremely prominent at many destinations but largely absent from academic study and that is also being described by commentators as key to sustainable futures at destinations.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Tourism Futures
Early online date3 Feb 2020
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 3 Feb 2020

Keywords

  • Visitor economy
  • Destination Futures
  • Micromobilities
  • Future Travel
  • Shared mobility
  • Sustainable mobility

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