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.
Many companies are taking the leap to get more cars off the road and improve the transportation infrastructure of cities. Check out Spin, Lime, Bolt, Felyx, Tier, and many more.
On Tuesday, the IPCC's Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) was released, representing the most comprehensive scientific evaluation of climate change.
In response to a changing climate, we must create technologies and infrastructure improvements that are designed to mitigate and/or withstand the effects.