About the Study: We are a group of researchers from University of Tennessee and Portland State University studying the effect of COVID-19 on transit, bike share, and scooter share. We received an NSF RAPID grant to investigate rider behavior, risk attitudes, and job status to understand how shared mobility systems will recover safely from COVID-19.
Contact us: Inquiries about the project can be directed to Chris Cherry or John MacArthur. Media inquiries can contact media representatives at UT or PSU.
Learn more about the project by clicking on the items below:
What are we doing?
Our main research initiative will be to survey riders of shared mobility systems in Portland, Oregon and Nashville, Tennessee as we proceed through the COVID-19 crisis. We will survey transit riders, bike share users, and scooter share users. We are hopeful that the findings will lend national insight into how riders decide to return to transit. Our first survey will go out in early May and we will conduct surveys over the summer and into the fall, observing return to our "new normal".
Who are the researchers?
The dashboard presents the initial results of transit and micromobility rider surveys in Portland, Nashville, and National. The figures are interactive, click on them to change what is shown.
More comprehensive results from the first wave of surveys in summer 2020:
Based on inputs from our participants in Portland, "Vaccine" and "Mask" were the most frequently mentioned requirement to get back into transit (n= 153 and 129, respectively.)
Based on inputs from our participants in Nashville, "Vaccine" and "Mask" were the most frequently mentioned requirement to get back into transit (n= 103 and 119, respectively.)