Big names across micromobility sector form European coalition
A new coalition has formed among some of Europe’s biggest names in micromobilty to promote the new form of urban transport across the continent.
The coalition wants to see micromobility "flourish" across Europe
E-scooter operators have come together to form a new coalition, Micromobility for Europe (MMfE), which has launched this week. Comprised of eight founding members (Bird, Bolt, Dott, FreeNow, Lime, TIER, Voi and Wind), the coalition aims to contribute to the development of a coherent policy framework in Europe, which it hopes will ensure micro-mobility solutions flourish in European cities and support the rapid transition to zero-emission urban mobility.
Members of MMfE will work to address issues like congestion and the exhaust emissions associated with urban travel, together with the cities in which they operate, with a goal to ultimately transform urban mobility.
For Europe to meet its ambitious emissions targets, the coalition thinks more will need to be done at a sustained pace. “Micro-mobility has revolutionised urban mobility and established itself as an essential alternative to personal car ownership and use” said Catriona Meehan, Co-Chair of the coalition and representative of Wind.
“The coalition is a key milestone in working together as one industry towards a healthier, more sustainable and less congested future for European cities”.
Members of MMfE operate in over ten EU countries across more than 100 European cities. More and more local authorities are working to integrate micromobility into their transportation ecosystem. MMfE claims data generated by micro-mobility providers helps cities to better understand, regulate, and plan for traffic flows, use of public infrastructure and space as well as necessary changes to improve road safety and mobility services in line with future mobility needs.
“As the large majority of public space is dedicated to (car) infrastructure, we need to rethink how public space in cities is used, and we look forward to contributing to this important discussion”, explained Alexander Jung, Co-Chair of Micro-Mobility for Europe and representative of Bird.
MMfE says the launch of the coalition will address a gap in the representation of the industry in the transport and mobility policy discussions, and will provide the views, expertise and experience of the shared micromobility industry.
MMfE has identified urban mobility, data governance and circular economy as their top priorities to ensure that shared micro-mobility is an integral part of EU policy developments in the coming years.
Following the publication of the EU’s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy and given the changes in mobility the pandemic has triggered, Micromobility for Europe says it is eager to engage with the Commission and EU policy makers to contribute to Europe’s recovery efforts as well as the green and digital transitions.