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Seattle inches closer to e-scooter pilot program, with focus on West Seattle, BIPOC neighborhoods

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Seattle inches nearer to e-scooter pilot program, with concentrate on West Seattle, BIPOC neighborhoods

An e-scooter pilot program might arrive in Seattle by fall of 2020. (SDOT)

Seattle residents have been ready on the arrival of shared electrical scooters for nearly a 12 months now, and within the subsequent few months, that objective might lastly be realized.

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The Seattle Metropolis Council’s transportation committee voted Wednesday to maneuver laws enacting a scootershare pilot program to the complete council, the place it should give it a closing vote on Sept. 8.

The most recent model of the pilot, drafted by the Seattle Division of Transportation, accounts for ongoing issues over the COVID-19 disaster. With that in thoughts, SDOT believes that it has correctly mitigated for the chance of spreading the virus, whereas additionally serving to to ease site visitors introduced on by the closure of the West Seattle Bridge.

“As we transfer into Section 3 of our scootershare pilot program, we’re assured that scooters can match into our COVID-19 restoration efforts and assist remediate journey challenges created by the closure of the West Seattle Excessive-Rise Bridge,” SDOT stated in a news release.

To that finish, firms offering scooters shall be tasked with paying “particular consideration” to neighborhoods like South Park, Delridge, West Seattle, and Georgetown.

The town accomplished an environmental overview for e-scooters in Might, and commenced accepting functions from scootershare firms in July. 9 firms expressed curiosity in contracting with the town to offer scooters “and convey scooters to Seattle as early as this fall.”

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“If Metropolis Council approves us to maneuver ahead, we might begin small to make sure this goes easily by allowing three of those firms to function as much as 500 scooters every, with the potential to develop as much as 2,000 scooters per firm sooner or later if issues go effectively,” SDOT detailed.

Corporations shall be required to have “reduced-rate plans for low revenue communities,” whereas making a minimal of 10% of scooter fleets obtainable in “neighborhoods with the next proportion of communities of shade, immigrants, refugees, folks with low incomes, and restricted English-proficient people.”

An e-scooter pilot program was also recently enacted in King County’s North Highline neighborhood, together with White Middle. The brand new electrical scooters are operated by Lime, which has examined each bike and carshare packages in Seattle over the previous few years. It’s nonetheless attainable to trip should you don’t have a smartphone or bank card. Simply contact Lime to study its discounted program for certified riders.


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