Is micromobility a climate solution? Transportation is one of the leading sectors contributing to global carbon emissions & alternative modes are essential to driving these emissions down.
The Federal Highway Administration defines micro-mobility as any small, low-speed, human- or electric-powered transportation device, including bicycles, scooters, electric-assist bicycles, electric scooters (e-scooters), and other small, lightweight, wheeled conveyances.
So, how can this serve as a climate solution?
Transportation is one of the leading sectors contributing to global carbon emissions.
Alternative modes of transportation are essential to driving these emissions down. However, in isolation, micro-mobility is not a big enough approach to tackle the entirety of emissions resulting from transportation. Research shows micro-mobility is a good launching point — it can significantly reduce congestion and cost but needs to be paired with other means to make a true impact on climate.
The real impact of micro-mobility comes into play when we look at the environmental footprint of short car trips. According to Wired, a single passenger car emits 18.90 pounds of CO2 per 28 miles while electric scooters clock in at only .3 pounds.
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