New Report Shows Electric Scooters Increase Economic Opportunities in Miami

WASHINGTON – The Micromobility Coalition today released a new study on how micromobility options like e-scooters can maximize Miamians’ access to job opportunities throughout the city. Increasing the accessibility and reach of public transportation helps move people out of personal automobiles. This new study shows micromobility can unlock economic potential for hard-working Miami-Dade residents by providing additional, affordable transportation alternatives that increase access to public transportation and quicken commutes.

“As this report shows, integrating e-scooters into daily commute options can be a real win for improving access to jobs across Miami,” said the Executive Director of The Micromobility Coalition. “The success of Miami’s Micromobility Pilot in certain neighborhoods is already apparent, drastically increasing access to economic opportunities for Miamians who might not otherwise have affordable and convenient transportation options. Continuing to build on this foundation of success will be key as more Miami residents utilize e-scooters to access jobs and improve their quality of life.”

Scooters Increase Economic Opportunities in Miami FL

Key findings of the report include:

  • In the city of Miami, adding widespread micromobility services increases the number of jobs reachable by a substantial margin. On average, workers living in the city have access to 281,000 jobs within a 45 minute commute by walk or transit from home, compared to 394,000 jobs within a 45 minute walk, e-bike/e-scooter, or transit commute. This increase is equivalent to making 40 percent more jobs reachable without lengthening commutes or adding cars to the road.
  • Some of these gains in job access have already been achieved by the Micromobility Pilot in Miami City Commission District 2, which gives some workers a faster last-mile option to connect to downtown jobs. In City Commission District 5, a full micromobility scenario would enable workers to access to an additional 93,000 jobs. Further expanding the availability of e-scooters and e-bikes could unlock substantial additional gains across the region.
  • In each of Miami’s five city commission districts, widespread availability of micromobility options would result in access to tens of thousands of additional regional jobs, ranging from 85,000 in City Commission District 2 to 152,000 in City Commission District 1. Miami Beach would see jobs access increase by 34,000.
  • County Commission Districts 3 and 5 see similar gains, with increases in average job access of 37 percent and 35 percent, respectively.
  • Increases for certain home locations exceed 200,000 additional reachable jobs.
  • For the average worker in some less central cities, such as Doral and Sweetwater, e-bike and e-scooter availability could more than double the number of jobs reachable in 45 minutes without a car.

Support for expanding e-scooter services from residents and visitors in South Florida has been strong. Fort Lauderdale’s e-scooter pilot program saw more than 695,000 total rides taken with 906,700 total miles traveled from November 2018 to May 2019. As increasingly more residents and visitors realize the benefits of taking e-scooters for short to mid-range trips, Miamians can further integrate shared e-scooter services into their daily commute options for traveling to current or prospective economic opportunities.