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“Micromobility Champion” Awards Presented to Chicago City Aldermen

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WASHINGTON – The Micromobility Coalition today named 15 Chicago Aldermen as Micromobility Champions for their role in helping launch the successful e-scooter pilot program, which concluded today after four months:

  • Alderman Roderick Sawyer (6th Ward)
  • Alderman Michelle Harris (8th Ward)
  • Alderwoman Susan Sadlowski Garza (10th Ward)
  • Alderman Stephanie D. Coleman (16th Ward)
  • Alderman Matthew O’Shea (19th Ward)
  • Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. (21st Ward)
  • Alderman Michael D. Rodriguez (22nd Ward)
  • Alderman Michael Scott Jr. (24th Ward)
  • Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th Ward)
  • Alderman Jason Ervin (28th Ward)
  • Alderman Chris Taliaferro (29th Ward)
  • Alderman Felix Cardona, Jr. (31st Ward)
  • Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward)
  • Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward)
  • Alderman Emma Mitts (37th Ward)

“I am honored and humbled by being a recipient of the Micromobility Champion Award from TMC,” said Alderman Roderick Sawyer (6th Ward). “As the City of Chicago moves forward in becoming an eco-friendly environment, I believe that providing alternate sources of transportation is an urgent mission of ours in reducing our carbon footprint. I wish to express thanks to the Coalition on their continued efforts in advancing Micromobility and I am happy to work alongside you as we expand operations in Chicago.”

“We have a tremendous number of bike enthusiasts in the 19th Ward and several community bike events,” said Alderman Matthew O’Shea (19th Ward). “I knew e-bikes would be a success here. I enjoyed educating residents on how to take advantage of these programs. There are so many health benefits, and further supports our goals of neighborhood sustainability and shopping local.”

“South side communities are in dire need of affordable, comprehensive transportation solutions,” said Alderman Howard Brookins, Jr. (21st Ward). “I’m proud to support e-scooters and e-bikes to give families more options to connect to high quality jobs and to address critical issues like congestion and climate change.”

“I am proud to advance different vehicle’s transportation opportunities in the city,” said Alderman Walter Burnett, Jr. (27th Ward).

“Micromobility is a part of the future of cities. Those cities that embrace it will have one more advantage over cities that don’t,” said Alderman Gilbert Villegas (36th Ward). “It is expensive to own a car, but it doesn’t have to be expensive to get to work.”

“These local officials have demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring their constituents have access to additional commuting options,” said Ryan McConaghy, executive director of The Micromobility Coalition. “Thanks to their efforts, Chicagoans have been able to take close to 775,000 scooter rides over the last four months – a clear indication of high demand for this mode of transportation. As the current e-scooter pilot program expires today, we urge these officials to not only extend the program, but expand it to include other parts of the city whose residents could also benefit from this affordable, convenient, and eco-friendly transit method.”

A recent study ranked Chicago as the fourth best city in the United States for micromobility potential. Among their many benefits, residents are starting to realize how e-scooters could help replace the 22 percent of car trips taken for less than one mile throughout the city. The popularity of e-scooters has steadily grown with residents – a September 2019 SurveyMonkey/Lime Poll found 61 percent of Chicagoans said they support a dockless scooter program, up seven points from March, before the pilot program began. Chicago Department of Transportation Managing Deputy Commissioner Kevin O’Malley acknowledged in a statement, “it is clear that there is demand for scooters in Chicago.”

E-scooters could drastically alleviate traffic issues plaguing Chicago. A snapshot study from DePaul University showed that out of over 2,000 trips taken by Chicagoans from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM on July 24th, 37 percent of e-scooter rides occurred between 7:00 AM and 9:00 AM, and 23 percent of rides occurred between 5:00 PM and 7:00 PM. These numbers emphasize how big an impact micromobility can have on commuting by replacing car trips, reducing congestion, and increasing transit options for Chicagoans.

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.

 

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