Ensuring access to mobility is critical for any metropolitan area. From light rails and buses to bike shares and pedestrian infrastructure, mobility systems not only play a role in determining the geography of a city, but its efficiency and equity, as well.

At the recent Bridge Summit, which took place at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center and LinkedIn Headquarters in San Francisco between May 22-24, in partnership with City Innovate, this topic took center stage during a closed round table discussion.

The CityLab and City Innovate Mobility Roundtable brought together city planners, transportation industry representatives, and private sector leaders to explore opportunities for collaboration between the public and private sectors on topics related to transit and mobility, including data and regulation.

“We saw the need to bring the public sector together with mobility companies, both established and entrepreneurial, in this roundtable,” Kamran Saddique, Co-Executive Director of City Innovate, said.  Saddique, along with Nicole Flatow, Editor of CityLab, hosted the discussion, which centered around the challenges of permitting strategies for shared bicycles and scooters.

In attendance were a number of leaders in the mobility field, including representatives from City Innovate, Cubic, Microsoft, Local Motors, LimeBike, Transloc, VISA, Siemens, the Knight Foundation, Ford, Intel, ofo, King County, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Miami-Dade County, San Francisco Metro Transit Authority, City of Detroit, City of Long Beach, Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the City of Oakland.  

“This closed door session highlighted that more works needs to be done to bridge the gap between these parties both with conversation and through formal frameworks such as the Startup in Residence program,” Saddique said.

At the event, City Innovate formally announced the introduction of a Mobility Track under their Startup in Residence program. Applications for the next program are open now through July 3.  Government partners can apply here.