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File #: 181113    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: IN COMMITTEE
File created: 12/13/2018 In control: Committee on Transportation and Public Utilities
On agenda: Final action:
Title: Authorizing the Committee on Transportation & Public Utilities and the Committee on The Environment to conduct hearings regarding how dockless electric scooters could provide an affordable and environmentally friendly transportation option for all Philadelphians.
Sponsors: Councilmember Green, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Taubenberger
Attachments: 1. SignatureCopy18111300
Title
Authorizing the Committee on Transportation & Public Utilities and the Committee on The Environment to conduct hearings regarding how dockless electric scooters could provide an affordable and environmentally friendly transportation option for all Philadelphians.

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WHEREAS, In 1681, William Penn surveyed his future City of Philadelphia to lay out a city with streets in a broad grid, to allow for large houses with sustainable yards and multimodal streets wide enough to accommodate both pedestrians and those traveling by horse or carriage; and

WHEREAS, In the last three centuries, our City has seen many forms of transportation come and go, while our City has grown to 1.6 million and our streets are now overloaded with cars, trucks, trolleys, buses, bikes and services including taxis, carsharing, and limousines;

WHEREAS, Philadelphia's increasingly congested streets and their resulting carbon emissions are a threat to the air we breathe and the very future of our planet, as climate change causes rising sea levels, severe storms, and other extreme weather events, there is a present danger requiring significant human adjustments to avoid far worse damage; and

WHEREAS, The City is committed to promoting environmentally responsible transportation initiatives that reduce carbon emissions and to supporting alternative modes of transportation that help spur economic development by facilitating the transport of Philadelphians and our guests around our City as quickly and easily as possible; and

WHEREAS, Building upon the success of Indego, our outstanding bike-share program, and looking ahead to the next generation of micromobility technology, this City Council passed Bill No. 180429 in June 2018 to establish licensing and other requirements for the dockless rental of small vehicles such as low-speed electric standup scooters; and

WHEREAS, Dockless electric scooter sharing systems have been implemented successfully and safely in hundreds of cities in the Uni...

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