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The Micromobility Coalition Encouraged by Congressional Hearing on Decarbonizing America’s Transportation Sector

WASHINGTON – The Executive Director of The Micromobility Coalition (TMC), Ryan McConaghy, today commended members of the House Subcommittee on Environment and Climate Change for holding a hearing to examine the challenges and opportunities associated with decarbonizing the U.S. transportation sector.

“The transportation sector is one of the major drivers of greenhouse gas emissions in the country,” said McConaghy. “We commend leaders of the subcommittee for prioritizing this issue and working to find practical solutions. Effectively fighting climate change will require revolutionary new thinking about the ways in which people get to and from work, travel, and transport goods. To that end, we continue to encourage policymakers from both parties to incorporate environmentally-friendly micromobility options, such as e-scooters and e-bikes, into the nation’s transit grid.”

In May 2019, TMC sent a letter to congressional leaders outlining policy proposals to encourage the inclusion of micromobility options 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.

The America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act released in August 2019, includes the first-ever federal definition for e-scooters, as well as 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.

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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