Planning for Increased Personal Mobility: Sun Valley Neighborhood, Denver, CO
Student Researchers: Ben Gellman and Alayna Olivas-Loera
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Increasing the number of trips made with shared micro-mobility vehicles to and from the historically poor Sun Valley neighborhood has the potential to improve social equity outcomes while reducing local and regional air pollution. Denver is currently accepting bids for one or more exclusive micro-mobility provider(s), but existing micro-mobility services are only affordable to people with low-incomes if they enroll in poorly-promoted discount programs offered at the sole discretion of fleet operators. At the same time, Denver is working to improve the number and quality of bicycle facilities, but existing and planned infrastructure doesn’t fully meet the needs of Sun Valley residents. This report provides recommendations for how the EPA should work with the City and County of Denver and local non-profit organizations to fully integrate shared micro-mobility into Denver’s transportation network, and to ensure that communities like Sun Valley share the benefits.