New Mobility for People

Making new technologies work for people and climate

The vision

  • New mobility and autonomous vehicles are proactively managed to support our shared values
  • Sustainable transportation options and safer streets are developed with less traffic
  • Autonomous vehicles and other new mobility are accessible to all of us
  • Cultivate new mobility options that serve vulnerable people and groups better than we do today

How we'd get there

Require autonomous vehicles and new mobility options to be carbon neutral

Example:

  • Make this a requirement for private and transit vehicles

Organize new mobility and autonomous vehicles around transit hubs and existing and planned transit networks

Example:

  • Whether you're driving a car or riding a scooter, it should be carbon neutral if it's entering greater downtown

Create goods delivery hubs and an e-vehicle/e-bike distribution network

Example:

  • Distribution hubs and neighborhood lockers for goods

Manage street design and curb space to be flexible for the next generation of mobility

Example:

  • Congestion charging, more on street loading and less on-street parking, but not to the detriment of pedestrian, transit and bicycle movement

Use a participatory process in policy development to solve transportation challenges for vulnerable groups

Example:

  • Young and old, people with disabilities, people of color, families, transit dependent people

How we strive for equity

  • New mobility and autonomous vehicles are proactively managed to avoid unfair burdens to low-income people, communities of color, and people or businesses with limited mobility options
  • New mobility meets the needs of communities of color, minorities, and individuals without bank accounts
  • Cultivate options that serve children, seniors, and people with disabilities
  • Prioritize affordable options that bridge gaps in transit service

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What we've heard

  • Don’t make changes at the expense of people who have to drive for a living; driving jobs are important for immigrants and people of color

Great examples from Seattle and beyond

Image of a short, blue and green city bus with the word 'connection' spelled with two x's at the top of the windshield. It is parked at a bus stop and another similar looking vehicle is parked in the background.

Cities such as Rotterdam, Helsinki, and Las Vegas have piloted fixed-route self-driving electric shuttles in the last several years, primarily as a first/last mile solution connecting to larger transit stations.
Photo credit: Maurits Vink

Image shows a nighttime view of a city street with street lamps on either side. A couple sits in a park beneath a large tree and face the street lamp-lined street.

Washington D.C. piloted rideshare zones in the DuPont Circle area, which has a lot of nightlife activity, by converting the parking lane to a pickup/dropoff zone on the weekends between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m.
Photo credit: Joe Flood

Photo of a brown UPS delivery bike, with significant cargo capacity. It is parked on a sidewalk near a window. In the reflection are a row of trees and urban buildings.

City of Seattle’s Freight Delivery Pilot joins other cities around the globe like Hamburg (pictured here) to manage curbsides in support of increasing rates of commercial delivery.
Photo credit: Flor!an