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Chicago Launches Shared E-Scooter Pilot Program

Published on Aug 19, 2020 at 7:31 am in Electric Scooters.

On August 12, 2020, the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) launched a second, four-month e-scooter pilot program. The program will include 10,000 scooters divided equally among Bird, Lime, and Spin.

Compared to the first program, the second includes enhanced requirements to keep sidewalks and the right of way clear of obstructions. It also ensures the equitable distribution of the vehicles throughout the city.

Michigan State University Strikes Contract With Gotcha E-Scooters

Published on Aug 10, 2020 at 7:52 am in Electric Scooters.

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As Michigan State University plans to partially reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a contract between the university and the rideshare company Gotcha has been drawn up. The contract allows electric scooters to be parked in designated hubs on campus.

According to a Gotcha spokesperson, the contract allows the business to deploy 600 scooters between the university’s campus and the rest of East Lansing. The scooters were dropped on campus last Thursday.

Chicago Chooses Three Vendors for Rideshare Scooter Pilot

Published on Jul 31, 2020 at 10:32 am in Electric Scooters.

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Rideshare scooters have started to become a popular way for people to navigate larger cities—Chicago is no different. In 2019, the city tested out seven scooter companies. Now, there are three scooter companies that will be coming to Chicago. According to Streetsblog, Bird, Lime, and Spin will be available to Chicago citizens on August 12 for a four-month pilot.

Revel to Introduce 400 Electric Mopeds in San Francisco

Published on Jul 21, 2020 at 7:36 am in Electric Scooters.

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Over the past few months, three of the four e-scooter companies operating in San Francisco have shut down. Scoot, Lime, and Jump all ceased operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving only Spin operating in the city. Come August, however, e-scooter startup Revel is set to introduce over 400 gas-free motorbikes.

According to a release from Revel, their mopeds will initially be available in the following neighborhoods: Cow Hollow, Dogpatch, the Financial District, Golden Gate Heights, Haight-Ashbury, the Mission District, Our Mission, Pacific Heights, the Richmond District, the Tenderloin, and The Castro.

NYC Hospitals See More Injuries as E-Scooter Usage Increases

Published on Jul 14, 2020 at 7:38 am in Electric Scooters.

While the growing use of private and pay-per-use e-scooters in New York City is offering residents and visitors a cheaper, greener, and more convenient mode of transportation to get around the city, hospital employees in the Bronx are seeing an uptick in e-scooter related injuries.

In an article to the New York Post, Angelo Mascia, DO and Daniel G. Murphy, MD, who both work in the Department of Emergency Medicine at St. Barnabas Hospital, discuss the problems with e-scooters and how their ER has noticed a concerning and dangerous transportation trend with the introduction of rideshare scooters and mopeds.