According to Fox 5 News, the company LINK is launching 1,000 scooters in Baltimore next week. Spin and Lime also have available electric scooters in the city.
In a press release from the company, William Knapp, VP of Operations at Superpedestrian, said in a press release, “We are excited to offer our LINK scooters to Baltimore residents and visitors. We look forward to serving Baltimore residents, students, and tourists, who deserve more options for safe, affordable, and sustainable transportation to get anywhere in the city from the Baltimore Museum of Art to the Inner Harbor.”
LINK’s scooters are the first with “onboard Artificial Intelligence.” The vehicles autonomously perform vehicle safety checks to ensure each vehicle is safe before every ride. In addition to Baltimore, LINK has scooters in 30 other cities.
To use a scooter, riders will need to download the app. Rides will cost $1 to unlock the scooter and an additional $25 per minute. However, certain residents may qualify for a 70 percent discount until the LINK-Up program.
According to the Baltimore City Department of Transportation, e-scooter users have to follow these rules:
- Users under 16 are required to wear a helmet
- Scooters need to operate in the bicycle lane when available on the right side of the road
- Scooters cannot be ridden on sidewalks except on streets where the speed limit is 30 mph or greater
- Scooters need to be parked in a way that does not hinder traffic or pedestrians
LINK’s announcement comes after local groups fished 12 scooters out of the Inner Harbor. According to the National Aquarium’s Twitter page, “Twelve e-scoters, one skateboard, one bicycle and a metal trash bin belonging to the City were fished out of the Harbor with the assistance of a heavy-duty grappling hook, along with several smaller, miscellaneous items.” This was the second clean-up event. The first took place last September, and 18 scooters were retrieved from the water.
With an additional 1,000 electric scooters coming to the city, it’s unclear how officials will handle potential issues like the scooters found in the harbor.
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