Advocacy


NABSA advocates for the bikeshare and shared micromobility industry. Our policy positions are based on NABSA’s core values for the bikeshare and shared micromobility industry: Safety, Community First, Cooperation, Customer-Focused, Transparency, and Diversity & Equity.

National Advocacy

NABSA’s federal priorities focus on funding bikeshare and shared micromobility as a vital component of a robust 21st Century transportation system.

Use this one-pager to spread the word about NABSA’s recommendations for a surface transportation reauthorization bill!

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 is now open for Reauthorization and has the potential to make a long-lasting positive impact on shared micromobility and the people that utilize it. Last year, in preparation for Reauthorization, the US Congress began conversations about their vision for a new bill. NABSA has been participating in that conversation by taking our priorities to Capitol Hill.

NABSA’s Priorities for a Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill.

  • Include bikeshare, electric scooter share, and other forms of shared micromobility as federally-recognized forms of public transportation.
  • Reauthorize and increase available funds for direct investment in bikeshare and shared micromobility systems, allowing funds to be used to support and study the growth of this emerging industry.
  • Fund safe and reliable infrastructure for bikeshare and shared micromobility systems by expanding the Transportation Alternatives Program.
  • Prioritize the use of HSIP funds to support the safety of vulnerable roadway users.
  • Incorporate a Complete Streets Program and provide incentives to incorporate Complete Streets design into surface transportation infrastructure projects.

Additionally, NABSA advocates for the reinstatement of the Bicycle Commuter Tax Benefit and its expansion to include bikeshare and shared micromobility.

Learn More About Our Reauthorization Position

US Federal Legislation NABSA Supports in the 116th Congress

HR 1507 Bicycle Commuter Act

HR 4001 Bikeshare Transit Act of 2019

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

State-Level Advocacy

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While NABSA’s advocacy efforts are focused on the federal-level, state-level legislation impacting bikeshare and micromobility is a new norm. NABSA works to equip members with tools to stay informed and take action when necessary. NABSA provides:

  1. A real-time bill tracker that helps members stay informed about state and federal legislation, and take action when necessary.
    *Currently only available for US legislation.
  2. Policy priorities and key messaging (below) that can be utilized by members to inform their own positions and communications with policy-makers.
  3. Action alerts and blog posts covering key news and moments to take action
  4. Resources that promote bikeshare and shared micromobility that can be utilized by members in advocacy efforts.

NABSA State Advocacy Principles

  • NABSA advocates for what is good for the entire bikeshare and shared micromobility industry.
  • Authority to regulate and manage bikeshare and shared micromobility must remain at the local level. It is the local decision-makers that know the needs of their citizens and city streets!
  • Local decision-makers must have the ability to manage the public right-of-way in adherence to ADA and other equity and safety ordinances.
  • The burden of cost and oversight is at the local level, therefore local jurisdictions need to have a say in how they will be impacted.
  • A clear, uniform definition of shared micromobility in state vehicle codes is beneficial to vendors, cities, advocates, and the general public.
  • Subject to local considerations, bike lanes and protected bicycle infrastructure is the most sensible place for shared micromobility devices to be ridden.

Learn more about our advocacy efforts by viewing our archive.

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