What We Do
Our world is reeling from economic devastation. Even before the COVID crisis, tens of millions of families across the country struggled to pay for cars they needed to get to jobs in our auto-centric cities. Now, many of those jobs are gone, and people everywhere are facing financial losses or ruin. Going backwards is not the answer.
There is a way forward. The Institute is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization, helping mayors and their cities increase livability and economic resilience. We are specifically focused on helping cities develop protected networks for Neighborhood Electric Vehicles (NEVs) and other low cost, low speed, low emission modes. This shift can improve mobility while cutting the average household’s transportation budget by 50 to 75 percent or more. In effect, it’s a pay raise that costs nothing. For communities, this is a lifeline. Read More
We Can Help
Imagine you can go where and whenever you want to go, using safe, low cost Neighborhood Electric Vehicles. Imagine people zipping along off-road protected paths designed for micromobility of all kinds—NEVs, pedicabs, scooters, bicycles, pedal-assist modes, and all low speed modes, flowing freely. This concept isn’t a dream. It’s proven. Read More
About the Institute
The Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2019. Our mission is to encourage and accelerate the safe use of low cost, climate-conscious modes like Neighborhood Electric Vehicles to improve mobility. The Institute serves as a resource for mayors and cities seeking innovative ways to create more livable, affordable, equitable, resilient cities. Read More
Susan Engelking is executive director of the Institute for Community MicroMobility, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) helping mayors and their cities increase livability and economic resilience. She is the author of Tiny Transit: Cut Carbon Emissions In Your City and the forthcoming Resilience: The New Livability Playbook for Mayors.
Susan’s background is in economic development.Read More
Early in her career, Susan was director of national marketing and public relations for the Economic Development Division of the Austin Chamber of Commerce. She has the distinction of having served as project manager or senior editor for each of the three consecutive long-range economic development plans for Austin spanning twenty years.
As principal of Engelking Communications LLC since 1998, Susan has performed many communications and strategy projects for a wide range of clients. She founded Tiny Transit™ Strategies in 2016, where she began the work on LEAN mobility that led her to found the Institute.
As a community leader, Susan served three terms as president of the Austin Children’s Museum and was instrumental in its evolution to become the Thinkery. Susan has been named Austin Communicator of the Year by Women Communicators of Austin. She was treasurer for Nan McRaven’s successful campaigns for Austin Community College trustee. As a thought leader, Susan organized a panel, for SXSW 2020, Six Ways Micromobility Revolutionizes Design.
Susan has a Master’s degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin and a B.S. in education. She is happiest as a change agent.