WASHINGTON – The Micromobility Coalition today presented its “Micromobility Champion” award to nine local officials who have made tremendous strides to advance innovative transportation options throughout the greater Seattle area. Seattle’s “Micromobility Champions” are:
- State Representative Nicole Macri
- State Senator Marko Liias
- State Senator Joe Nguyen
- King County Councilmember Joe McDermott
- King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski
- King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci
- Seattle City Councilmember Abel Pacheco
- Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda
- Seattle City Councilmember Mike O’Brien
“Many people are looking for creative ways to get efficiently from point to point,” said Representative Nicole Macri (D-Seattle). “An electric scooter share program can provide an environmentally clean, affordable and equitable way to get around. I’m excited that we now have a suitable regulatory framework in place based on legislation I successfully led this year.”
“Diversity in our transportation choices is essential for quality of life by both reducing traffic congestion and improving the health of our communities in the face of carbon emissions and air pollution,” said Senator Marko Liias (D-Lynnwood). “Rapid growth in our region poses new challenges and new opportunities. I am confident that innovations in micromobility will be a key component in keeping our neighborhoods moving and accessible.”
“The emergence of e-bikes and e-scooters as a reliable form of transportation in our cities has been an essential expansion of our mobility portfolio,” said Senator Joe Nguyen (D-White Center). “Getting people out of cars and moving around our communities with easy access to innovative options has already made an impact. Micromobility has changed the discussion.”
“We have an award-winning transit system here in King County, but too many people still have trouble accessing that first and last mile distance from home and work,” said King County Councilmember Joe McDermott (District 8). “We need a suite of mobility solutions that meet the needs of all residents. For our climate, for our traffic, and for our community – we can move micromobility options forward in a deliberate, thoughtful and equitable manner that opens opportunity for all of our neighbors.”
“Making sure we expand options for people to easily and efficiently get around and connect with transit is essential to making our communities work for everyone,” said King County Council Chair Rod Dembowski (District 1). “I loved the e-scooter technology so much I bought my own. Let’s keep scooting forward with more micromobility options for our communities.”
“Micromobility makes car-free travel a viable choice for many more people,” said King County Councilmember Claudia Balducci (District 6). “If we are serious about improving mobility in an equitable way while fighting climate change, micromobility has to be part of the solution. I am excited to see this King County pilot go forward.”
“I have been proud to champion innovative solutions to our transportation challenges during my time on the City Council,” said Seattle City Councilmember Abel Pacheco (District 4). “As we face a climate crisis and worsening traffic, micromobility devices like scooters and e-bikes present a sustainable and efficient way to get folks around town. As the only car-free Councilmember, I cannot wait to see our scooter pilot up and running in Seattle!”
“These dedicated public servants are demonstrating a strong commitment to their constituents by working to bring e-scooters to Seattle,” said Ryan McConaghy, Executive Director of the Micromobility Coalition. “By embracing this revolutionary transportation option, these officials are helping to modernize Seattle’s transit grid and ensure residents can benefit from this convenient, affordable, and eco-friendly commuter option.”
Supporting and increasing the availability of micromobility services can help expand economic opportunity for the greater Seattle area. With many residents not owning a car, Seattle’s work to diversify safe, convenient, and affordable transit modes with e-scooters will better serve residents with limited options. In fact, a recent study in Seattle demonstrates the number of accessible jobs increases by 35 percent when e-scooters are present, without lengthening commutes or adding cars to the road. Residents in some locations would have access to as many as 200,000 additional jobs if they are able to access e-scooters nearby.
The Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) recently began a public engagement period to bring e-scooters to city streets. SDOT laid out a three-phase process for starting an e-scooter pilot program with the goal of deploying them in 2020. Just this week, Champion Joe McDermott introduced legislation to bring a year-long pilot program to White Center, which has passed the transportation committee and will soon be considered by the full council. Micromobility is the commuter choice of the future, and Seattle’s leaders are working hard to bring that choice to residents now.
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.