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St Louis recruits citizens to advise on non-car transportation

The Community Mobility Committee is looking for residents with everyday experience of walking, using a wheelchair or mobility device, riding transit, or biking. 

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Residents are helping to shape how people get around the city of St Louis
Residents are helping to shape how people get around the city of St Louis

The City of St Louis is recruiting residents for a committee that will to help guide policy and advise on non-car transportation.

 

The Community Mobility Committee is looking for residents with everyday experience of walking, using a wheelchair or mobility device, riding transit, or biking to act as a conduit for giving citizens a greater say in city government.

 

Citizen working group

 

The Community Mobility Committee is a continuation of the citizen-based Bike Share Working Group, originally formed in 2017 to develop rules for bike and e-scooter sharing. The group evolved to take on broader issues facing people who walk, bike, use wheelchairs, take transit, or use other mobility devices.

 

“The ability to get around is a basic human right and can be very difficult if you don’t have a car in St Louis,” said alderwoman Christine Ingrassia. “Residents have important perspectives and experiences that can help shape how we get around the city and also make it safer.”

 

The Committee is currently working on everyday transportation and safety issues that impact St Louisans, such as impacts of scooters and new mobility technology, exploring opportunities to have streets closed to automobiles, and helping ensure St Louis is recognised for its bicycle infrastructure.

“The ability to get around is a basic human right and can be very difficult if you don’t have a car in St Louis”

Future efforts will include encouraging more public space through on-street parklets and encouraging careful consideration of how policies impact residents of different races, abilities, genders, and other identities.

 

“This is a community-based group, led by members who welcome all people impacted by transportation decisions. We encourage everyone to participate in forming solutions rooted in the community that will help shape what mobility in the future looks like,” said Tiffanie Stanfield, founder of Fighting Against Hit and Run Driving and committee member.

 

“We want this to be an inclusive, diverse space where people of all backgrounds can push city officials for more equitable and sustainable transportation policies,” said Jacque Knight, chair of Community Mobility Committee.

 

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