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.
These companies showed that they could adhere to the guidelines set by Chicago. The guidelines center around operations, safety, and equity. Their applications were evaluated by the Chicago Department of Transportation and Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection. The city’s new pilot program was adapted from the data gathered from last year’s pilot. They’re continuing to test scooters as a mode of transportation in neighborhoods. The chief of CDOT also noted that it’s important to provide options for Chicagoans to get around their city, especially during the current pandemic.
The Pilot Plan
You may be wondering what Chicago’s plan is for the three scooter companies. Here are the details you need to know:
- There will be 10,000 total scooters across Chicago.
- Each company will provide 3,333 scooters.
- E-scooters will have built-in locks. These will be used to secure the scooters to bike racks or sign poles.
- The scooters cannot be secured to a bus stop sign.
If you’re planning on using the e-scooters, it’s vital to know the rules you have to obey while riding. For example, scooters cannot be ridden on sidewalks, have a speed limit of 15 mph, and you can only operate them from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. This time restriction is an effort to reduce the chances of intoxicated riding. If someone is riding a scooter while intoxicated, they could cause a serious accident that harms others and themselves.
While most of Chicago is available for e-scooter use, there are some areas where they will not be present: Lakefront Trail, Bloomingdale Trail, and the Central Business District. There are designated equity areas where the scooters will be. Those areas have a history of disadvantages, one of them being a lack of access to transportation. With the e-scooters available in these areas, Chicago is taking steps to providing accessible transportation for its citizens.
This plan will last until December 12. At that point, the city is going to review the pilot. They’ll look into what riders and non-riders alike have to say about the presence of e-scooters in their city. After reviewing data and the advantages and disadvantages shown by the pilot, the city will decide whether or not e-scooters are here to stay.
While there are benefits to having electronic scooters for transportation, accidents involving these devices can occur. If you’ve been injured in an e-scooter wreck, you could be dealing with significant injuries and damages. The costs of care and figuring out how to move forward can be overwhelming, but you don’t have to go through this alone. You can contact the Rideshare Law Group. We may be able to help you get compensation for your injuries.