Share your expertise at the North American Bikeshare and Scootershare Association’s annual conference, taking place this year in Ontario, Canada, September 19-22.
Once a year, the North American Bikeshare and Scootershare Association (NABSA) brings the shared micromobility industry together for a multi-day conference to tackle important issues facing our industry. A member organization, NABSA’s mission is to support, promote, and enhance public alternatives to traditional transportation across the continent — its annual conference condenses this work, with networking events, thought-provoking keynotes, and a diversity of panel sessions. It’s a place where connections are made, ideas are borrowed, and everyone leaves a little more optimistic about the future.
This year’s conference will take place September 19-22 in the cities of Hamilton and Toronto, which are located about an hour and a half apart from each other in the Canadian province of Ontario. While registration for the conference isn’t yet open, we encourage you to save the date. In the meantime, NABSA has opened its Call for Proposals, asking for presentation submissions from a broad representation of people and backgrounds. If you’re keen on sharing your research, work, insights, or knowledge, this is your chance! Submissions are open until April 17th.
Is there a timely topic you want to address? A cool marketing initiative, study, or partnership people could learn from? Last year, at the NABSA conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, we left with a ton of actionable takeaways, including how to tackle the gender gap in shared micromobility, better integrate with transit, and prioritize adaptive riders. In fact, it was in Guadalajara that we first heard about Hamilton’s adaptive bike hub in a shipping container, a program we’re excited to check out in person.
One of the coolest things about NABSA’s conferences is how participants get to experience shared micromobility infrastructure and culture in different places across North America. Biking with Mexican advocates and learning from them on their home turf proved so much more valuable and inspirational than any webinar could ever be (that experience also inspired a whole article on what the U.S. can learn from our neighbor to the south). Toronto and Hamilton have robust shared micromobility systems, each with a plethora of lessons learned from years in operation.
This year’s conference will be NABSA’s 10th and the theme — “Growing Shared Micromobility: Connecting People and Places” — couldn’t be more apt for where we currently stand as an industry, poised for significant growth. We truly believe that equity work relies on collaboration and we can’t wait to see what the final conference topics end up being. Either way, we’ll see you in Canada!
The Better Bike Share Partnership is a proud NABSA partner and members of our team are on both the conference planning committee, as well as NABSA’s Board of Directors.