E-scooters will soon be available to ride in Fairfax Co.

E-scooters will soon be available to ride in Fairfax County, Virginia, for the first time, the county announced Friday.

Fairfax County’s Department of Cable and Consumer Services approved the deployment of 600 e-scooters throughout the county — 300 LINK scooters and 300 Bird scooters. This is part of the Shared Mobility Device program.

These scooters will have a speed limit of 10 mph, and can be used on roads, sidewalks, pathways and crosswalks.

When done with a ride, the scooters must be left in an area that does not impact normal car or foot traffic.

The county approved the ordinance to allow e-scooters in Nov. 2019.

Bird offers a 50% discount for low-income riders, veterans, senior citizens, Pell grant recipients and certain nonprofit organizations.

Julie Gallagher

Julie Gallagher is a freelance digital writer and editor for WTOP.com. She previously covered the 2020 election with CNN and has bylines in The Lily, WIRED, NBC Washington, The Baltimore Sun, Washington City Paper and more.

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