Advocacy


NABSA advocates for the shared micromobility industry. Our policy positions are based on NABSA’s core values: Safety, Community First, Cooperation, Customer-Focused, Transparency, and Diversity & Equity. NABSA focuses on funding for shared micromobility at the federal level as a vital component of a robust 21st Century transportation system.

NABSA’s advocacy efforts primarily focus on the following:

  • Increased recognition for shared micromobility at the highest levels of government

  • Increased access to funding sources

  • Access to commuter benefits for shared micromobility users

United States


Shared Micromobility Recommendations for Transportation Policy

The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act, established in 2015, provided the funds needed to begin making overdue improvements to our nation’s transportation system. The FAST Act was originally set to expire in September 2020 but received a one-year extension while congress developed a new surface transportation bill. The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation in America (INVEST) Act was proposed in June 2020 as the replacement for the FAST Act. The INVEST Act passed in the House of Representatives in July 2020 but stalled in the Senate. NABSA is actively participating in conversations for a final surface transportation reauthorization bill and infrastructure package more broadly to ensure that provisions are included that help realize and grow the benefits of shared micromobility.

NABSA is recommending the following:

  • Ensure that bikeshare is included as an “associated transit improvement,” as proposed by HR 382, The Bikeshare Transit Act of 2021, and as passed in the House INVEST Act, and include shared e-scooters as an “associated transit improvement” as well.
  • Ensure that HR 384, The Bicycle Commuter Act of 2021, which extends the Commuter Tax Benefit to include bikeshare, passes, as it has already passed within the House INVEST Act, and include an amendment that extends the Act to shared e-scooters.
  • Amend Section 149 of title 23, United States Code to include shared micromobility as an eligible expense of the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program (CMAQ), as proposed in the Bikeshare Transit Act of 2021 and in the House-passed INVEST Act.
  • Ensure the passage of the new Community Climate Innovation Grant and Carbon Pollution Reduction program proposed in the INVEST Act, and ensure eligibility for shared micromobility in these programs.

Beyond this, we commend the great work that cities are doing to build streets for people and increase active transportation infrastructure that makes streets safer for all. We support an expansion of the Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) and additional funding programs that allow for developing this essential infrastructure, as well as stimulus funding that provides cities and transit agencies with an option to invest in shared micromobility infrastructure and operations, and creates more green jobs for Americans.

Learn More About Our Transportation Policy Recommendations

Canada


Canada’s Active Transportation Strategy

In 2020, Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, announced that she would develop a national active transportation strategy that would prioritize biking, walking, and active school travel. NABSA is enthusiastic about this focus on active urban mobility coming from the federal level in Canada, and the opportunities that it can bring for shared micromobility. NABSA has submitted a letter supporting the active transportation strategy to the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, Andy Fillmore, MP, who has been tasked with the development of the strategy. NABSA has met with the office and will be participating in stakeholder discussions held by the office as part of the development process.

Additional Canadian funding sources:

  • Infrastructure Canada is accepting applications for the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program: COVID-19 Resilience stream responds to the impacts of COVID-19 by providing provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short-term projects. Eligible projects include developing active transportation infrastructure, including parks, trails, footbridges, bike lanes, and multi-use paths. Learn more about this opportunity here.
  • The Healthy Communities Initiative is a $31 million investment from the Government of Canada to transform public spaces in response to COVID-19. It will provide $5,000 – $250,000 in funding to a broad range of organizations, including local governments and nonprofits, for projects that provide improved mobility solutions.

US Federal Legislation NABSA Supports in the 117th Congress


HR 382 Bikeshare Transit Act of 2021

HR 384 Bicycle Commuter Act of 2021

US Federal Legislation NABSA Supports in the 116th Congress


HR 3040 SAFE Streets Act

S 2302: America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019

HR 3663 and S 2077 Complete Streets Act of 2019

HR 4819 Vision Zero Act of 2019

HR 2 Moving Forward Act

Shared Micromobility Bill Tracker


*Currently only available for US legislation

Advocacy Toolkit


NABSA’s Advocacy Toolkit serves as a resource and guidance for our members and shared micromobility stakeholders interested in advocating for the expansion of shared micromobility systems in communities. The toolkit contains public documents and exclusive member resources that can aid in speaking about the industry, communicating with policy-makers and key stakeholders, and provide general knowledge that can strengthen advocacy efforts.

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