The mission of Local Motion is to provide walking, biking, and transit solutions to meet people’s everyday transportation needs.
The vision of Local Motion is towns built for people, where it’s easy to walk, bike, and ride transit, and everyone can get where they want to go.
Local Motion was founded in Columbia, Missouri in 2000 as a grassroots, membership-based transportation advocacy organization. Local Motion has a strong track record of successful policy and infrastructure campaigns for walking, biking, and transit. We have achieved local advocacy wins for sidewalks, bike lanes, intersection improvements, bike boulevards, and public transit, and significantly influenced the development of Columbia’s trail network.
Local Motion pushed Columbia to adopt a Complete Streets policy (2004) that ensures that new streets and street renovations are designed for all forms of transportation, and a Vision Zero policy (2016) that sets a goal and strategy to eliminate all traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. Both policies were the first such policies in Missouri and among the first in the US. Local Motion has provided transportation advocacy and community organizing consulting services to dozens of other communities and states.
In 2015, Local Motion began strengthening its focus on the systemic barriers in the transportation system that limit people’s access to basic needs (e.g., food, healthcare, jobs) and their participation in democracy. Local Motion began partnering more extensively at the grassroots level with people whom the auto-centric transportation system places at high risk of health and social justice harms, and who are often excluded from local decision-making processes. Equity is now the foundation of our advocacy approach.
In 2018, Local Motion was one of four regional organizations that founded Missourians for Responsible Transportation (MRT). MRT brings together communities and grassroots organizations from urban and rural areas to advocate with one voice at the state level for a fiscally responsible, safe, and equitable transportation system. MRT works with more than 30 rural Missouri towns and represents over 35,000 members across the state. Local Motion houses and is the fiscal agent for MRT.
In 2021, Local Motion rebranded from our original name: PedNet Coalition. Read our story of why we changed our name.
Our Core Values describe how we do business. They are the code of ethics we use to help us make decisions about how to carry out our mission.
Local Motion is located on the ancestral land of the Kiikapoi (Kickapoo), Peoria, Kaskaskia, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Osage peoples.