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New Report Shows E-Scooters Increase Access to Economic Opportunities in Seattle

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WASHINGTON – The Micromobility Coalition today released a new report on the ability of e-scooters to expand economic opportunity for residents of Seattle. The report shows widespread availability of micromobility services would increase access to tens of thousands of jobs for city residents while shortening commutes and reducing reliance on cars.

“This latest report shows the anticipated shared e-scooter services pilot program slated for next year will be a much-needed addition to Seattle’s transportation system,” said Ryan McConaghy, Executive Director of The Micromobility Coalition. “Convenient and affordable, e-scooters can help increase residents’ access to economic opportunity, particularly for those who currently face limited transit options. In a city known for its innovation and sustainability efforts, Seattle is poised to revolutionize its local transit grid – and economy – with the expansion of e-scooters.”

Key findings of the report include:

  • On average, workers living in the city of Seattle have access to 382,000 jobs within a 45-minute walk, e-bike/e-scooter, or transit commute, versus 283,000 jobs within a 45-minute commute from home by walk or transit only. This increase is equivalent to making 35 percent more jobs reachable without lengthening commutes or adding cars to the road.
  • Increases in job access are seen across City Council Districts: Council District 1 would see an increase of 87,000 jobs; Council District 2 would see an increase of 116,000 jobs; Council District 3 would see an increase of 112,000 jobs; Council District 4 would see an increase of 136,000 jobs; Council District 5 would see an increase of 107,000 jobs; Council District 6 would see an increase of 79,000 jobs; and Council District 7 would see an increase of 67,000 jobs. All jobs would be within a commute of 45 minutes for the average Seattle worker.
  • Increases for certain home locations exceed 200,000 additional reachable jobs.
  • The largest gains in job access occur just beyond walking distance from Link Light Rail and other transit routes.
  • Some commuters living outside the city of Seattle also see job access gains, because e-bikes/e-scooters in the city can serve as “last-mile” options between public transit and jobs.

Surrounding cities including Bothell, Redmond, and Tacoma have already begun shared e-scooter pilot programs with great results thus far. In Tacoma alone, there have been more than 100,000 rides from September 2018 through March 2019 and that number continues growing by the month.

To read The Micromobility Coalition’s full report on e-scooters increasing access to economic opportunities in Seattle, click here.

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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.

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