WASHINGTON – Ryan McConaghy, Executive Director of The Micromobility Coalition, today applauded authors of the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act for their inclusion of the first-ever federal definition for e-scooters, as well as for a proposed “Center of Excellence on New Mobility and Automated Vehicles,” which will be tasked with researching the impacts of new mobility on urban design and equity.
“We are encouraged by the work done by leaders of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee to advance ‘new mobility,’” said McConaghy. “This revolutionary new mode of transportation continues to expand to cities and states across the country. This year alone, 18 states have passed laws, with overwhelming bipartisan support, authorizing the use of low-speed, dockless e-scooters. We are excited to continue working with policymakers from both parties – at all levels of government – to advance greater access to new, innovative modes of micromobility like e-scooters.
“We especially want to thank Chairman John Barrasso and Ranking Member Tom Carper, Subcommittee Chairwoman Shelley Moore Capito and Ranking Member Ben Cardin, as well as Senator Dick Durbin for the prominent roles they played in promoting these key provisions.”
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.
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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.