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The Future of Mobility: How can micromobility support a livable region?

April 25, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Come hear from industry, academia and policymakers on shared micromobility, and demo an electric scooter or e-bike! Doors open: 6:00 p.m.

About this Event

What is shared micromobility?

Shared micromobility refers to any small, human or electric-powered transportation solution such as bikes, e-bikes, scooters, e-scooters or any other small, lightweight vehicle that is being used as a shared resource between multiple users.

Technological advances in electrification, automation and the sharing economy are converging to reshape the transportation sector. Shared micromobility is already taking many cities by storm with the rise of electric scooters and dockless bikes. How will Metro Vancouver adopt these technologies in a way that supports our quality of life?

What changes are coming, and how will micromobility services integrate with public and private transportation systems? How will our roads and sidewalks accommodate these emerging forms of micromobility? And what do these changes mean for our cities, and how we choose to use and navigate public spaces?

As TransLink prepares to update Metro Vancouver’s transportation plan through to 2050, we’re proud to convene discussions with the public around the future of how we’ll move. Join us for an evening of dialogue around shared micromobility with industry, academia and local policymakers. You’ll also have an opportunity to demo an electric scooter or e-assist bike following the event.

This event is free but registration is required due to limited seating available. Save your seats now.

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Emcee: Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale and Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink

Opening Remarks:

  • Andrew McCurran, Strategic Planning & Policy Director, TransLink
  • Adam Hyslop, Transportation Planner, UBC Campus & Community Planning


  • Chris Schafer, Lime
  • Michael van Hemmen, Uber/Jump
  • Dr. Alex Bigazzi, UBC (Human-electric hybrid vehicles: Implications of new non-auto mobility options for street design and policy in the Vancouver region)

Panel Discussion:

  • Chris Schafer, Lime
  • Michael van Hemmen, Uber/Jump
  • Jennifer Draper, City of North Vancouver
  • Dr. Alex Bigazzi, UBC

Electric scooter and e-assist bike demo (Robson Square Plaza)

About the Speakers

Bowinn Ma, MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale and Parliamentary Secretary for TransLink

Elected as the MLA for North Vancouver-Lonsdale in May 2017, Bowinn is also a licensed Professional Engineer and certified Project Management Professional. Prior to being elected MLA, she managed terminal expansion and redevelopment projects at the Vancouver International Airport.

Bowinn’s degree in civil engineering included an academic focus on transportation engineering, which serves her well in her efforts to improve transportation on the North Shore and throughout the Lower Mainland. She also holds a Masters degree from the UBC Sauder School of Business.

Dr. Alex Bigazzi, UBC

Dr. Bigazzi is an assistant professor at UBC with a joint appointment in the Department of Civil Engineering and the School of Community and Regional Planning. Prior to joining UBC, he received his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from Portland State University investigating urban bicyclists’ uptake of traffic-related air pollution. His primary research areas include active travel behavior (including emerging vehicles such as e-bikes), and transportation-related emissions and air quality.

As part of the New Mobility Research Grant Program, Dr. Bigazzi will share an update on his current research project, entitled Human-electric hybrid vehicles: Implications of new non-auto mobility options for street design and policy in the Vancouver region. This research looks at how new forms of transportation, namely bikes, scooters and skateboards that are electric-assist or non-electric assist, will share the road with pedestrians, cyclists and other non-car road users. Understanding how these different technologies behave will help inform policy development and future roadway design.

Jennifer Draper, City of North Vancouver

As the Manager of Transportation Planning for the City of North Vancouver, Jennifer is applying her civil engineering and urban planning backgrounds to the creation of innovative policies and plans to improve the experience for all people who use the transportation network. Current projects include the development of an e-bike share pilot for the North Shore and an integrated strategy for mobility with sustainability, community wellbeing, and the City’s zoning tools. Prior to joining the City of North Vancouver, Jennifer spent several years at the City of Vancouver and in consulting both nationally and internationally.

Chris Schafer, Lime

Chris Schafer is the Senior Director of Strategic Development in Canada with Lime. In his role, Chris focuses on government, media, and stakeholder relations. Before joining Lime, Chris was Uber Canada’s Senior Public Policy Manager. Prior to working for two tech unicorns, Chris was an associate with Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP, practicing regulatory law where he was also a registered lobbyist for tech clients such as Amazon, in addition to having served as an executive director of a legal foundation, and legal commentator for a TV news channel.

Michael van Hemmen, Uber/Jump

Michael van Hemmen is the western Canada Business Manager for Uber, a technology company that is enabling urban mobility. Based in Vancouver, he oversees Uber’s business and external relationships across western Canada. In this role, Michael helped pass Canada’s first ridesharing regulations in Edmonton, and grow Uber’s business across western Canada. Prior to joining Uber, Michael led mid-range planning for a division of an international resource company and served as Director of Policy for federal Transport Ministers.


UBC Robson Square
800 Robson Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 2E7
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