YONKERS, NY – July 31, 2020 – Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano as we speak introduced the town has partnered with Chook to launch New York State’s first-ever electrical scooter pilot program. Starting in early August, as a part of a one-year pilot program, Chook will deploy as much as 200 scooters in southwest Yonkers, together with the Downtown-Waterfront space, with the potential of increasing as much as 500 scooters to satisfy demand.
“Yonkers is happy to as soon as once more prepared the ground as a progressive metropolis in providing good, emission-free transportation options for our group,” mentioned Yonkers Mayor Spano. “Partnering with Chook will present residents and guests the chance to journey our metropolis with ease and comfort all whereas being reasonably priced, dependable and enjoyable.”
“Yonkers’ dedication to micromobility is unparalleled, and Chook is honored to serve within the first e-scooter pilot program each right here and in New York State,” mentioned Rebecca Hahn, Chief Company Social Accountability Officer, Chook. “Like so many New Yorkers, Yonkers residents are adopting extra socially-distant transportation habits within the wake of COVID-19. We’re wanting ahead to offering a protected and sustainable means for them to remain cellular and assist native companies as the town continues to recuperate and rebuild.”
Via the Chook smartphone app, riders can see the closest Chook scooter on a map, unlock it, full the security tutorial and journey on to their desired vacation spot. Upon ending their journey, riders merely park the scooter safely alongside the facet of a sidewalk or on-street subsequent to an unmarked curb and take a photograph of the scooter by the app to make sure correct parking.
The price for a Chook journey is $1 to start out and 30 cents per minute. Chook additionally provides low-income entry plans that embody limitless 30-minute rides for $5 per thirty days for anybody enrolled in or eligible for a state or federal help program.
In compliance with the not too long ago enacted New York State legislation, e-scooters should be used on streets with a posted velocity restrict of not more than 30 mph. Riders might also use scooters in bike lanes, however should provide the precise of technique to bicycles. Riders should be 18 years of age to make use of a Chook scooter in Yonkers.
Yonkers’s partnership with Chook marks the second of its type with a dockless transportation sharing firm. The town was the primary within the New York Metropolis space to embrace dockless bike sharing in 2018, and now will turn into the primary within the state to welcome shared electrical scooters almost three years after the primary Birds had been launched in Santa Monica in September 2017.
The announcement comes lower than a month after one other notable micromobility first when the UK officially approved Bird One electric scooters to be used in metropolis trials, paving the best way for Chook’s first UK launch since its scooters had been first ridden in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2018.