Student Debate

Student Debate: Micro-mobility Transportation Services

In recent years, GPS services and mobile apps have enabled several emerging mobility services, including micro-mobility. Micro-mobility refers to small-sized and light weight vehicles used particularly for short distances, such as electric scooters, bikes, and skateboards. Micro-mobility proponents argue that they are environmentally friendly and cost-efficient compared with other modes of transportation. Moreover, they may reduce congestion in Urban areas and improve access to other means of transportation. However, these services are often criticized by opponents who claim that their implementation has serious adverse effects on the users’ safety, environment, and the community. 
Join ITS Canada Virtual Student Debate: 
Under the theme “Creating Connections That Matter”, ITS Canada is holding a virtual student debate on Micro-mobility Transportation Services in the context of Human Behaviour & Society, Technology, Environment, and Health on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. 
Debate Question: Imagine that you are working as a transportation engineer for a private consulting firm, and you have been given the task of advising Toronto City Council on the issue, should the City of Toronto allow micro-mobility services to operate in public spaces?   
  • Students already registered in undergraduate and graduate studies program in civil engineering, information technology, computer science, and other Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) related fields at a Canadian university.
Requirements and Instructions: 
  • Register your team by filling out the form below by June 4th, 2021. Please note that each team can consist of up to three members and all members should be from the same university.
  • Each topic will be assigned randomly to two teams: an Affirmative and a Negative
  • Each team must prepare four-arguments for their topic (Pro or Against) as well as a one-slide presentation that helps them deliver their arguments. 
  • Each team will be given three minutes to present their statements, one minute for the rebuttal, and two minutes to answer the audience and the moderator questions at the end of the debate.

Each participating student will receive a certificate from ITS Canada and an e-version of the New Mobility Handbook: "Rethinking How We Get Around Cities".
If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nael Alsaleh at

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