Expect to see a lot more dockless bikes and scooters on DC streets in the next year.
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.
Spin has launched in D.C. with 100 scooters, and will increase its District fleet by about 50 scooters per week.
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.
There will be no major changes this year to rules for dockless bikes and shared electric scooters, the District Department of Transportation said Thursday.
The District Department of Transportation has been reviewing the feedback and usage data provided by companies that operate the dockless bikes and electric scooters to determine the new policies for the city.
Officials are scrambling to create regulations for the mode of transportation that’s become popular among some residents and raised concerns including safety for others.
Arlington County expects to roll out a pilot program for dockless bikes and scooters this fall, clearing the way for formal agreements with the companies that operate them.
Bird, one of several dockless bike and scooter companies taking part in D.C.’s ongoing dockless pilot program, has deployed a fleet of scooters across the river in Arlington County, Virginia, but through no official arrangement with the county.
LimeBike, one of five companies taking part in the District’s seven-month dockless bike demonstration project, is adding electric scooters to its dockless fleet in D.C.
Waybots has “soft-launched” in the District with scooters, and is governed by the same terms and conditions as other dockless bike companies operating in D.C.
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