Group Advocates for Federal Investment in Micromobility Transit Infrastructure
WASHINGTON – The Micromobility Coalition (TMC) issued the following statement regarding the House Committee Subcommittee on Highways and Transit’s roundtable discussion on “Examining the Role of Mobility on Demand in Surface Transportation Policy” as part of ongoing discussions related to reauthorization of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act:
“Momentum is building for modernizing transit grids across the country – and for good reason,” said Ryan McConaghy, Executive Director of the Micromobility Coalition. “Adapting our infrastructure to incorporate new, innovative transportation modes such as e-bikes and e-scooters is critical for continued economic growth. As micromobility continues to grow in popularity, it is imperative for federal lawmakers to consider how they can ensure that transportation planning and investment efforts provide opportunities for everyone to benefit from this convenient, affordable, eco-friendly transit option.”
In May, TMC sent a letter to congressional leaders outlining policy proposals to encourage the inclusion of micromobility in local transit systems and urban planning. In the letter, TMC proposed specific policy and definitions for micromobility, methods for investing in advanced infrastructure, and general strategies to upgrade the nation’s transportation system.
Micromobility — the use of dockless bikes, electric bikes (e-bikes), and electric scooters (e-scooters), as well as shared station-based bikes — is revolutionizing personal transportation in America. Demand for micromobility services, particularly for e-scooters, has skyrocketed in cities across the country due to their affordability and convenience. In 2018 alone, 84 million trips were taken on shared micromobility services, with 38.5 million of those trips taken on shared e-scooters. With continued growth in popularity, e-scooter and e-bike commuters increasingly realize the many benefits of micromobility, including how these devices reduce car trips, alleviate local pollution, and increase access to public transit.
About The Micromobility Coalition
The Micromobility Coalition works to improve the quality of life across the United States by promoting access to personal transportation options that reduce traffic, create cleaner and quieter communities, and make it easier for people to safely get where they want to go. To learn more, visit https://micromobilitycoalition.org/.