WASHINGTON – The Micromobility Coalition today released a new report on the ability of e-scooters to increase job access for Bostonians, showing widespread availability of micromobility services would enable access to 696,000 jobs while simultaneously reducing reliance on cars and shortening commutes.
“Boston residents are no strangers to bad traffic and lengthy commutes,” said Ryan McConaghy, Executive Director of The Micromobility Coalition. “The city consistently ranks as having some of the worst traffic in America. One of the consequences of these lengthy commutes – combined with limited transit options – is fewer job choices for workers. This study highlights how widespread access to eco-friendly micromobility transportation, including e-scooters, could be a game changer for Boston. Not only does access to more transit options increase the number of job opportunities for workers, but would also provide employers access to a larger pool of the area’s talented workforce.”
Key findings of the report include:
- Workers living in Boston would have access to 696,000 jobs within a 45-minute walk, e-bike/e-scooter, or transit commute, versus 436,000 jobs without micromobility options;
- Micromobility would allow residents to access 60 percent more jobs without increasing commute time or adding cars to the road;
- Increases for certain home locations exceed 300,000 additional reachable jobs; and
- The largest gains in job access occur just beyond walking distance from rapid transit routes, such as Dorchester and Everett.
The report studied micromobility commute scenarios in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Chelsea, Everett, and Somerville. In Brookline, residents have already demonstrated the usefulness of e-scooters for their commutes. During a pilot in 2019, riders took over 127,000 trips in the first six months. The average trip was 1.2 miles.
There is strong support for expanding e-scooter services in the Boston area. INRIX, which releases rankings of annual traffic congestion, recently identified Boston as one of the American cities that could benefit most from micromobility.
To read The Micromobility Coalition’s full report on e-scooters increasing access to economic opportunities in Boston, click here.
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.