Electric bikes and scooters have been technically banned on a number of trails across the region, but the county’s pilot program will allow shared, dockless pedal-assist bikes as well as electric scooters from June 1 to Dec. 1 on certain trails.
The D.C. Council Committee on Transportation and the Environment approved a change requested by dockless scooter companies that will permit electric scooters to go up to 15 mph on flat ground rather than the current limit of 10 mph.
Uber has deployed a fleet of its Jump electric scooters in the District — joining several other companies — and a wave of more may be coming.
Lime says it will place its scooters in areas including Fairfax City, George Mason University, Vienna, Merrifield and Falls Church.
There are now seven dockless electric scooter companies operating in Arlington, Virginia, with the recent addition of Bolt, as part of the county’s pilot program to see what works and what doesn’t with dockless bike and scooter companies.
Montgomery County will choose up to four companies, and says it will give priority to dockless companies that can deploy both dockless e-bikes and e-scooters.
More than 1,000 people in the past two years have been injured while riding dockless electric scooters that have popped up in D.C. and in most major U.S. cities, according to a new study from Consumer Reports.
The dockless app-based shared scooters are already on the streets in Alexandria, Arlington and the District. And these scooters will likely come to Fairfax County despite concerns from county leaders.
D.C. is set to see a surge in dockless scooters and bike-share bicycles after a dozen companies applied for the city’s new permits. The number of applicants by last week’s deadline surprised even the District Department of Transportation.
A ride on a dockless electric scooter left a local 27-year-old rider hospitalized. And though the companies that make the scooters urge their riders to wear helmets, some health experts are seeing a rise in emergency room visits due to injuries while on the scooters.
Signs in front of George Mason University’s Arlington campus in Virginia Square direct dockless electric scooter riders to park the vehicles at a nearby bike rack, rather than abandoning them at random.
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