Monday, April 8, 2019

City Looks to Expand Scooter, Bike Fleet

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More shareable bikes and scooters could hit the streets here soon, as the city looks to increase shared-mobility options. 

As a part of its new permanent shared mobility program, the city said Monday that it plans to add to the current shared-mobility fleet here and is issuing a call for applications from shared mobility companies that want to operate here.

After conducting a shared mobility pilot phase over the past year with Bird, Lime, and Explore Bike Share (EBS), the city will form a permanent Shared Mobility Program here. The program will instate long term operating regulations that “reflect national best practices within this emerging and rapidly growing field,” the city said. This will replace the interim operating agreement each of the three operators have had since they launched here.

Together Bird, Lime, and EBS maintain around 1,750 scooters and bikes here. The city wants to bring that number up to 3,000 during the first year of the shared mobility program by allowing a total of three to five companies to operate in the city.

Companies will be chosen based on their “demonstrated experience, organizational and technological capacities, and alignment with the goals of the city’s shared mobility program.”

Operators have until the end of April to apply. The city hopes to add the new selected companies by June.

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