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.
This is not the first time e-scooters have been available in East Lansing. In April 2020, Gotcha announced it had dropped 300 scooters in the area. This announcement came after the company had pulled e-scooters from the streets over the winter. In April, however, Gotcha did not have a contract with MSU. This meant that the Gotcha scooters could not be parked on campus. There, however, was nothing stopping people from riding the vehicles through campus.
It’s not clear yet what the demand for the scooters will be, as the university is encouraging students to study online from their hometowns, instead of attending in-person classes. For those who decide to study on campus, Gotcha is encouraging customers to wear face masks when riding and to wash their hands or use hand sanitizer before and after use.
Those 18 years of age and older can pay $1 to unlock an electric scooter. There is a 20 cent charge for each minute of riding. MSU students have the option of purchasing a $24.99 monthly subscription, which would allow them a free hour of ride time after each scooter unlock.
In an attempt to maintain order on campus, the Gotcha mobile app shows users where scooters are parked. People are asked to leave the vehicles in an upright position when they’re done. Hours for riding are limited from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
While e-scooters offer a convenient and generally affordable mode of transportation, especially around a college campus, having the vehicles on campus means, more likely than not, accidents will happen.
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