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Seattle selects three scooter companies to seek permits — here’s when they will hit the streets

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Seattle selects three scooter firms to hunt permits — here is when they are going to hit the streets

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New methods to cruise the town shall be hitting Seattle’s streets and bike lanes quickly, because the Seattle Division of Transportation (SDOT) has chosen three scooter share firms to use for permits following the Seattle Metropolis Council’s accredited of the electrical scooter pilot program final week.

The three firms, Lime, Wheels and LINK are anticipated to launch 500 e-scooters every in only a matter of weeks relying on how rapidly they full paperwork with the town and rent native workers.

Transit consultants are hoping that the brand new e-scooters will cut back automotive congestion and enhance first and final mile connections to different types of transit.

“Scooter share will quickly add one other sustainable means for folks to get round safely and sustainably, complementing Seattle’s already strong transportation system,” SDOT stated in a blog post. “To make sure that this system runs easily, we’ll begin small by allowing three 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 nicely.”

Helmet use is required on scooters within the metropolis, and the scooters could have a velocity cap of 8 mph on folks’s first journey and 15 mph after that. Moreover, scooters shall be required to be parked correctly so they aren’t proscribing entry to sidewalks.

Boston-based LINK was ranked highest by SDOT of their choice course of, as the corporate already has 250 scooter deployments throughout 35 states. Their stand-style scooter is hoped to lowered security issues.

Wheels was ranked second highest and provides a seated scooter, a extra accessible choice for these with mobility impairments. The corporate operates in cities corresponding to Los Angeles, San Diego, Orlando and Brussels.

The involvement of Lime, ranked third highest by SDOT, within the new Seattle pilot won’t come as a shock, as they had been one of many first firms to launch free-floating bikeshare providers within the metropolis in 2017. Lime additionally acquired 500 red JUMP bikes from Uber in Could, returning dockless bikeshare to the streets of Seattle.

“After being the primary metropolis to have free floating bikeshare, Seattle is taking one other main step towards a extra sustainable future,” stated Jonathan Hopkins, Lime’s director of strategic growth in a press release. “It’s now extra vital than ever for residents to have protected, socially-distant transportation choices—like bikes and scooters—that may assist cut back automotive congestion.”

Lime can also be taking part in separate scooter pilot program working in White Middle, increasing choices in South Seattle.

Like different transporation-based companies, e-scooter firms have confronted a fair proportion of challenges amid the COVID-19 pandemic and plummets in rider demand. In Could, Lime made major cuts to their international fleet, suspending service in 18 European international locations and 19  U.S. states.



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