Study Underscores Tremendous Value E-Scooters Provide Nashvillians as Metro Council Weighs Regulations
WASHINGTON – The Micromobility Coalition today released a new study showing that widespread availability of electric scooters in Nashville is a game-changer for city residents hoping to expand their access to the job market. Specifically, the independent report from Conveyal found the number of jobs Nashville residents would have access to more than doubles from 46,000 to 97,000 when e-scooters are available. In some Nashville neighborhoods this number reaches as high as 146,000 jobs.
“As city leaders weigh the best way to regulate e-scooters from Nashville, they would do well to first consider the economic opportunities this new transportation option opens up for their constituents,” said Ryan McConaghy, Executive Director of The Micromobility Coalition. “This report clearly shows that e-scooters connect Nashvillians to jobs, without requiring longer commutes or adding cars to congested streets and highways. Restricting their use, while at the same time cutting transit funding, could deal a devastating blow to commuters relying on these services–a population that tends to be lower-income and for whom job access is crucial. The City should be cautious in its approach.”
Key findings of the report include:
- Citywide average access to jobs more than doubles, from 46,000 jobs reachable (within 45 minutes without a car) to 97,000.
- Increases for many individual neighborhoods exceed 150,000 additional reachable jobs.
- The bottom quartile of workers in the baseline scenario can access fewer than 1,500 jobs, while in the micromobility scenario, workers at the 25thpercentile of job access can reach 20,000 jobs. This finding suggests micromobility may be especially beneficial for workers with low access to jobs by transit today.
Since May 2018, more than 1.8 million trips have been taken on e-scooters – approximately 10,000 per day – according to data from e-scooter providers, compiled by Walk Bike Nashville. Over 60,000 users have taken more than five trips on e-scooters over the past year. Nashville-based residents report relying upon e-scooters for their daily commutes:
- “I am a single mom with two children in elementary school,” said Leah Gillen, a Nashville-based scooter rider. “The bus route I use to get back and forth to work is being severely limited due to lack of funding. My home is within walking distance of my children’s schools, and scooters allow me to get quickly from one place to another. I have made many lifestyle adjustments so that my children and I can live comfortably without relying on an automobile for transportation.”
- “Scooter sharing is important to me,” said Charles Bunk, a Nashville-based scooter rider. “I live in Germantown and riding scooters on the greenway is the most feasible option I have to get to work. My other option is walking almost an hour to work or paying $30 to park my car.”
- “E-scooters personally offer me cheap access to a quick form of transportation to and from both work and school,” said Isaiah Watson, a Nashville-based scooter rider. “Nashville is continuously growing and becoming more expensive to live in. Please keep it accessible for students and those of lower income with this one small and easy act.”
To read the Micromobility Coalition’s full report on e-scooters increasing access to economic opportunities in Nashville, click here.
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 www.micromobilitycoalition.org.