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MicromobilidadeBrasil.org [MicromobilityBrazil] promotes and monitors the Brazilian public systems of shared micromobility. The objectives of the platform are to: (1) monitor and georeference the public systems of shared micromobility in operation; (2) promote data transparency; and (3) quantify the avoided emissions of CO2 per year through the use of these systems.
The MicromobilidadeBrasil.org platform helps local governments to achieve their climate goals by promoting micromobility as an excellent solution to enable cleaner and healthier urban areas.
The data from MicromobilidadeBrasil.org refers to the systems in operation in Brazilian cities in 2019. As the systems grow (or are created), the platform will be updated and new cities will be added.
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ABOUT THE DATA
This is the beta version of the digital platform MicromobilidadeBrasil.org with data corresponding to the use of the Brazilian systems in 2019. In this year, the platform mapped a total of 53 public systems of shared micromobility in Brazil, distributed in 26 different cities. About 50% of these systems are located in the Southeast region of the country, mainly due to the importance of the state of São Paulo in concentrating 28% of all the Brazilian systems. 19% of the systems are in the South, 13% in the Northeast, 11% in the Central-West and only 4% (2 systems) in the North. Most (68% - 36 of 53) of the micromobility systems were regular dockless bicycles (28% - 15 of 53), or with a docking station (40% - 21 of 53), and 32% (17 of 53) were dockless scooters.
The environmental impact of the use of these systems was estimated from the avoided daily emissions of greenhouse gases (GHGs), which were calculated from the mileage traveled in the systems whose data was provided by the operators. The calculation method of the avoided emissions was developed in partnership with the Institute of Energy and the Environment (IEMA).
In 2019, the aggregated data shows that 295,000 kilometers were travelled per day in the surveyed public systems of shared micromobility, which is equivalent to 2,690 times around the world per year. Based on these figures, it is estimated that the systems avoided the emission of 2,989 tons of CO2e (carbon dioxide equivalent) per year, which is the equivalent to the carbon sequestered by the planting of 49,275 tree seedlings in the same time period.
BRIEF EXPLANATION OF THE DATA - OPERATORS
The numerical data about the systems presented in MicromobilidadeBrasil.org were made available by the three largest companies operating systems in Brazil in 2019: Tembici, Grow (Grin + Yellow) and Serttel. In general, the displayed figures correspond to the daily averages computed in periods that alternate between three to six months activity of the systems in 2019. The aggregated results refer to the sum of the data provided by the operators.
CONTEXTUALIZATION OF THE SUBJECT
Currently, over a thousand cities around the planet have systems of shared micromobility in operation. In the context of congestion and environmental commitment due to the widespread use of motor vehicles powered by fossil fuels, micromobility systems are an initiative to encourage active, sustainable and alternative transport for daily journeys. The concept of micromobility refers to journeys made by light vehicles connected to new technologies and driven by electrical energy or human effort. These vehicles are often used in combination with other modes of transport in the so-called first and/or last-mile journeys.
In general, these systems are public and regulated by the municipal government of the cities where they are installed. However, in many cases, they are operated by companies from the private sector. The current sharing services are in two main formats: fixed stations for pick-up and drop-off or the dockless type – with no fixed station –, where the vehicles are unblocked using a smartphone app and parked along the sidewalk within a defined region. These systems commonly offer the rental of bicycles and scooters, with a significantly varied offer in terms of the number of available vehicles.